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Global Perspectives on Catholic Religious Education in Schools

Volume II: Learning and Leading in a Pluralist World

  • Michael T. Buchanan
  • Adrian-Mario Gellel
  • Examines educational and pedagogical issues pertaining to Catholic religious education in schools around the postmodern world

  • Focuses on Catholic religious education as an academic discipline taught at schools and universities

  • Presents insights from leading and emerging scholars in the areas of contemporary Catholic religious education research


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Theoretical Issues

  3. Teacher Formation and Professional Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. David Hall, William (Bill) Sultmann
      Pages 165-177
    3. Linda Di Sipio
      Pages 191-202
    4. Stephen Reilly, Hazel Crichton, Mary Lappin
      Pages 203-215

About this book


This book shares global perspectives on Catholic religious education in schools, chiefly focusing on educational and curriculum issues that take into account the theology and the pedagogy which support learning in connection with Catholic religious education. Further, it offers insights into the distinctive contribution that Catholic religious education makes to religious education and education in general across diverse schooling contexts. Bringing together insights from leading scholars and experts on Catholic religious education around the globe, the book offers an essential reference guide for all those involved in researching, planning and designing curricula for Catholic religious education, as well as developing related theories in the field


Religion Education Religion and Education Teaching Religious Education Catholic Religious Education Christian Religious Edudcation Religion in Schools Religious Education Curriculum Religious Education Teacher Professionalism Religion and Pedagogy

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael T. Buchanan
    • 1
  • Adrian-Mario Gellel
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Education and ArtsAustralian Catholic UniversityFitzroy, MelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Education/Faculty of TheologyUniversity of MaltaMsidaMalta

About the editors

Professor Michael T. Buchanan is an Associate Professor of Religious Education at Australian Catholic University. He is a member of the LaSalle Academy for Religious Education and lectures at the postgraduate level on Religious Education Curriculum Development, Leadership in Faith-based Schools, and Religious Education Leadership. He has published widely in international scholarly journals, and his book publications include the first volume of “Global Perspectives on Catholic Religious Education in Schools,” “Leadership and Religious Schools: International Perspectives and Challenges,” and “Managing Curriculum Change in Religious Education: An Inside Perspective from School Leaders in Religious Education.” His research interests include leading religious education in schools and faith based leadership. Michael is also the immediate past editor of the Religious Education Journal of Australia. He is a research fellow at York St John University, UK and an affiliated Associate Professor at the University of Malta, Malta.
Professor Adrian-Mario Gellel is an Associate Professor of Religious Education at the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Theology, University of Malta. His main areas of interest are symbol literacy, children’s spirituality, religious education and general pedagogy. From 2006 to 2010 he was the national coordinator for religious education in schools for the Catholic Church. He led the consultation on the policy document Religious Education in Malta: Reflections by the Catholic Community (2009). Together with Professor Michael Buchanan he edited the first volume of “Global Perspectives on Catholic Religious Education in Schools” (Springer, 2015). He is an editor for the International Journal of Children's Spirituality and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Australian Catholic University.

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