Investigating Hermeneutical Structures in Catholic Religious Education Curriculum from a Canadian Perspective

  • Margaret Myrtle PowerEmail author


This chapter examines religious education in primary and junior Catholic schools in Canada from the perspective of the development of curriculum structures and methodology in teaching. It focuses on the emergence of a practical hermeneutics and how it inserts itself in the religious education curriculum and applies itself to the Canadian cultural context. It draws examples from Canadian religious education resources to demonstrate how a practical hermeneutical approach functions on an integral level in the design and use of catechetical texts in Catholic school classrooms. The chapter investigates the relational power and transformative contribution of narrative hermeneutics with an emphasis on the aesthetic dimensions of teaching and the imagination as an invaluable ingredient in religious education. Overall, the chapter supports a narrative hermeneutical structure as occasion for revelation in curriculum and teaching in religious education.


Religious Education Moral Life Aesthetic Dimension Cognitive Penetration Contemporary Perspective 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Saint Paul UniversityOttawaCanada

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