“These religions are no good—they’re nothing but idol worship”

mis/representation of religion in religious education at school in Malawi and Ghana

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Abstract

This article draws data from two complementary studies in sub-Saharan Africa to highlight the problem of religious misrepresentation in (multi-faith) Religious Education (RE) at school in Malawi and Ghana. Employing Michael Apples’ conception of selective tradition, the article is critical of the confrontational disputation inherent in the RE in the two countries. The misrepresentation is analysed under themes related to classroom discourse and the nature of religion. It argues that RE could actually be counter-productive and thus end up misrepresenting religions instead of promoting them. Unless there is a radical shift in the areas identified, the subject will continue to present a distorted picture of religion and thus fail in its civic responsibility as a curriculum area that is perhaps best placed to inculcate prosocial values towards citizenship in a world of religious diversity.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2017
EventCiCe Association Conference: Incorporating the CiCe Jean Monnet Network conference - VIVES, Bruges, Belgium
Duration: 8 Jun 201710 Jun 2017
http://www.cicea.eu/index.php/organisations-and-meetings/113-cice-association-conference-2017-call-for-papers

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ConferenceCiCe Association Conference
CountryBelgium
CityBruges
Period8/06/1710/06/17
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Ghana
Malawi
Misrepresentation
Worship
Religion
Religious Education
Conception
Disputation
Curriculum
Religious Diversity
Faith
Responsibility
Citizenship
Civics
Classroom Discourse
Sub-Saharan Africa

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2017. Paper presented at CiCe Association Conference, Bruges, Belgium.

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