Commitment, Character, and Citizenship

Commitment, Character, and Citizenship : Religious Education in Liberal Democracy


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As liberal democracies include increasingly diverse and multifaceted populations, the longstanding debate about the role of the state in religious education and the place of religion in public life seems imperative now more than ever. The maintenance of religious schools and the planning of religious education curricula raise a profound challenge. Too much state supervision can be conceived as interference in religious freedom and as a confinement of the right to cultural liberty. Too little supervision can be seen as neglecting the development of the liberal values required to live and work in a democratic society and as abandoning those who within their communities wish to attain a more rigorous education for citizenship and democracy. This book draws together leading educationalists, philosophers, theologians, and social scientists to explore issues, problems, and tensions concerning religious education in a variety of international settings. The contributors explore the possibilities and limitations of religious education in preparing citizens in multicultural and multi-religious democratic societies.

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  • Hardback | 294 pages
  • 154.94 x 246.38 x 17.78mm | 521.63g
  • 15 Jun 2012
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 0415879744
  • 9780415879743

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Hanan Alexander is Professor in the Faculty of Education and Head of the Center for Jewish Education at the University of Haifa where he specializes in philosophy of education and curriculum studies. He is also a Sr. Fellow of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. His main research interests include political, ethical, religious, and spiritual education and the philosophy of educational research. Ayman K. Agbaria completed his PhD in Educational Theory and Policy and International and Comparative Education at Penn State University. In the last fifteen years, Dr. Agbaria occupied senior positions both in academic and professional settings. He is currently a Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Haifa.

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