RE in Australia: where is the Christ-centred Pedagogy?

From my teaching blog:

Fully Integrated

Musings on how one ought to approach the teaching of Religion in Catholic Schools will be frequent on this blog, as it is a particular interest of mine. Today I would like to point out what I think has been a major flaw in the entire history of RE in Australia: getting the focus wrong.

Essentially, there have been a number of pedagogical shifts over the last century or so, with respect to the consensus on how the Catholic Faith is best handed on to students. At the turn of the century, a doctrinal approach dominated, in which the focus was to make sure children had memorised all the doctrines of the Church. In reaction to this, the so-called kerygmatic approach was developed, which emphasised one’s personal, subjective experience of the Gospel, often without regard for what the Church actually taught. This in turn gave way to the life-centred approach, which…

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