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17:30 - 19:00 4 May 2016
Religion & diversity in education in times of crisis
Committee Room 1 |
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way | London | WC1H 0AL | United Kingdom
Dr Marios Koukounaras-Liagkis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
In this seminar Dr Koukounaras-Liagkis will argue the teaching of religion(s) in education can encourage community cohesion especially when, during the current harsh crisis (financial and immigration/refugee crisis), the need for local cohesion appears to be of paramount importance to enable seemingly insurmountable problems to be overcome. At the same time minorities have become increasingly vulnerable and diversity, a matter of high priority, has come to the fore.
Evidence provided by research on the effect of educational intervention within Religious Education on students’ attitudes towards religious diversity will be reviewed. Dr. Koukounaras-Liagkis further proposes that transformative education, using theatre/drama as a means of Religious Education, potentially offers people the choice to be critical religious believers and active members in a society applying the fundamental social pedagogical principle of tolerance and respect for ‘the other’.
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