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Religions 2018, 9(4), 98; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9040098

Learning and Unlearning: Some Reflections on Feminist Praxis and Pedagogic Practice in Religious Studies and Religious Education

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Department of Religious Studies, Bath Spa University, Bath BA2 9BN, UK
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Department of Religion and Education, Bath Spa University, Bath BA2 9BN, UK
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Received: 27 February 2018 / Revised: 23 March 2018 / Accepted: 25 March 2018 / Published: 27 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feminisms and the Study of “Religions”)
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This article evaluates the actual impact and potential implications of feminist pedagogy for Religious Studies in universities and Religious Education in schools. It is based on the authors’ experience in the UK, including some international comparisons, with a focus on teaching and learning from a feminist perspective. Applying Grimmitt’s threefold model of pedagogy as encompassing aims and content as well as method, this article examines the evidence and extent of change in curricula both in universities and in schools in order to identify where change is required and what that change might be. It demonstrates how feminist pedagogy challenges Religious Studies and Religious Education to rethink their content, methods and aims in a variety of ways, pointing to significant advances and areas yet to be addressed. In so doing, it takes account of diverse feminist voices, other pedagogical priorities and other issues surrounding sex, gender and sexuality that challenge the category of the feminine and the appropriateness of a gendered analysis. View Full-Text
Keywords: feminisms; study of religions; religious studies; religious education; gender; sexuality; feminist epistemologies; intersectionality feminisms; study of religions; religious studies; religious education; gender; sexuality; feminist epistemologies; intersectionality
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Robinson, C.; Cush, D. Learning and Unlearning: Some Reflections on Feminist Praxis and Pedagogic Practice in Religious Studies and Religious Education. Religions 2018, 9, 98.

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