Public Religious Literacy in Secondary and Post-Secondary Education: A Critical Theory Approach (with the Martin Marty Center)
Monday, February 13, 4:30-6:30 pm, Swift Hall Common Room
Religious literacy is often associated with information about the beliefs, ritual practices, and sacred spaces associated with “world religions.” In this Craft of Teaching / Martin Marty Center workshop, led by Prof. Diane Moore (Harvard Divinity School), we will explore a more complex understanding of religious literacy that focuses on a method for understanding how religions function in human experience. We will examine 1) why better literacy about religion is essential for understanding human affairs in contemporary and historic contexts and 2) how a critical theory approach to teaching and learning about religion in secondary and post-secondary classrooms is relevant for both education broadly defined and healthy civic life.
In particular, the necessity and nature of teaching religion at the secondary-school level will be emphasized, as one of the crucial and underappreciated sites where the craft of teaching religion takes place.
Prior to this workshop, participants should review the short methods paper available here. Additional (and optional!) relevant reading is the American Academy of Religion’s Guidelines for Teaching About Religion in K-12 Public Schools.
Diane L. Moore is the director of the Religious Literacy Project and a Senior Scholar at the Center for the Study of World Religions. She focuses her research on enhancing the public understanding of religion through education from the lens of critical theory. Moore chaired the American Academy of Religion's Task Force on Religion in the Schools, which conducted a three-year initiative to establish guidelines for teaching about religion in K-12 public schools (PDF) that were published in 2010. She is the coordinator for the Religious Studies and Education Certificate, and her book Overcoming Religious Illiteracy: A Cultural Studies Approach to the Study of Religion in Secondary Education was published by Palgrave in 2007.
See our full Winter 2017 lineup here.