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Special Interest Group

Religions, Values and Education

 Our aims are:

– To provide a forum within BERA for researchers of Religions, Values and Education in which to share their research and exchange ideas

– To raise the profile of issues that relate to Religions, Values and Education within the British Educational Research Association and the academy more generally

– To encourage recognition and discussion of research in these areas through the annual conference and by hosting seminars and encouraging research papers within BERJ and other journals

Religious and moral education are significant areas of the curriculum and contribute to school life in a variety of ways but they are often neglected within the wider educational community. The development of religious schools, issues to do with religious identity and pluralism and the nature of moral education with schools all have a significant impact on the nature of schooling as well as the characteristics of the subjects themselves. The SIG will encourage the development of all issues to do with the nature of religious and moral education or the related question of religion and morals in education. It will support research and discussion that considers religious and moral issues from a variety of disciplines as well as international perspectives.

SIG Convenors

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Sally Elton-Chalcraft, Professor

Professor of Social Justice in Education at University of Cumbria

Sally Elton-Chalcraft is Professor of Social Justice in Education, and is Director of the Learning Education and Development Research Centre in the Institute of Education  at the University of Cumbria. She teaches and supervises on Doctoral,...

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Esther Cummins

Lecturer at Carnegie School Of Education, Leeds Beckett University

Esther is a Course Director at Leeds Beckett University, where she teaches modules on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the Carnegie School of Education.  Her teaching portfolio focuses on studies of primary education and of inclusive...

Content associated with this SIG

Annual Prevent and Extremism Webinar

Online registration for this event has now closed, to register please email Link to event recording #BERA_Prevent&Extremism @BERANews Current initiatives in...

Past event19 May 2021

Religions and Values – SIG Convenor vacancy

If you are interested in becoming a Religion Values and Education convenor and  joining Prof Sally Elton-Chalcraft to lead the Religions and Values SIG please submit an expression of interest...