Religious Education’s Role in Faith Transmission and Spiritual Development

This dissertation considers whether Religious Education in its current educational framework assists in personal faith transmission (Collins-Mayo et al. 2010: 9-10) and/or spiritual development, or has the subject mainly become an exercise in teaching moral and ‘socially cohesive values’ (Copley 2010: 46) in our pluralistic and multicultural society? My hope is that even in the sometimes contentious arena of Religious Education pedagogical practices (Cooling 2010:12 and Erricker 2010: xi) that there remains the opportunity for Religious Education to inspire students to explore their own personal faith or even develop a greater degree of spiritual literacy (Ayman 2004:110). Proverbs 22: 6 prophetically challenges us to ‘train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it’.

Tyler Fixman

Tyler graduated in 2012 from Midlands CYM with a BA (Hons) in School, Youth & Community work and Practical Theology.

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