Fifty Years of Religious Education in England and Wales
Teaching Religion is the first book to trace the developments in religious education in England and Wales in the half century to 1994. It starts with the 1944 Butler Act and ends with the DFE Circular of 1994 which was issued to take further the RE provision in the 1988 Education Reform Act.
Teaching Religion sets the changes in religious education against changes in education as a whole and changes in society. The complex interaction between and influence of religious thinkers, religious educators and politicians is explored, as is the suggestion that how we handle religion within the national education system can offer insights into the sort of society we are and aspire to be.
". . . A fine work, in which clarity and good humour are combined with scholarship and attention to detail to tell the RE story for the end of the 1990s. . . Students, teachers and colleagues in universities will use this, often with a smile, for many years to come."
(Resource, Vol. 21, no. 1, Autumn 1998)
"The book is well researched, well written and in a non-combative style. It offers a challenge to all involved in RE, whether politicians, the churches or RE teachers."
(Journal of Beliefs and Values, Vol. 19, No. 1, 1998)
" . . . A formidable survey of the political and social context in which religious education has developed since the landmark Education Act of 1944."
(The Tablet, 8 November 1997)
Terence Copley is Professor of Religious Education in the University of Exeter. He is the author of more than thirty books in the field of religious education, including Teaching Religion: Fifty Years of Religious Education in England and Wales (Exeter, 1997).