Cathy Byrne BA(Comm)(Journ)(CSU), GradCertMgt(QUT), MArts(Studies in Religion)(UQ), PhD(Sociol)(MACQU) Cathy Byrne is a specialist in intercultural competence and also in religion in government education. Her qualifications include: PhD (Sociology), Masters of Arts (Studies of Religion), BA (Communications), Diploma of Education (Secondary). Cathy advises the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) on intercultural understanding and ethical behaviours and is a co-founder of the Religions and Ethics Education Network of Australia (REENA) which also works with ACARA on curriculum development.
“Free, compulsory and (not) secular”: the failed idea in Australian education, Journal of Religious History (2012)
The nineteenth century radically transformed education from a church function to a state duty. During...
Ideologies of religion and diversity in Australian public schools, Multicultural Perspectives (2012)
In many multicultural democracies, education has a Christian history. However, teaching religion has ideological variation....
‘Jeesis is alive! he is the king of Australia’: segregated religious instruction, child identity and exclusion, British Journal of Religious Education (2012)
Religious categorisation occurs at enrolment in Australian state-run (public) primary schools, with children segregated into...
Freirean critical pedagogy’s challenge to interfaith education: what is interfaith? what is education?, British Journal of Religious Education (2011)
Interfaith education has been boosted recently by the imprimatur of current and previous political world...
Matter and mind: a non-theist exploration, Compass: A Review of Topical Theology (2011)
This essay explores two non-theist approaches to mind and matter—Buddhism and Humanism. It examines these...
Contributions to Books
Australian public school religious education classes promulgate prejudice, Global viewpoints: education (2012)
Keeping ignorance and extremism out of public schools: the role of teachers and their unions, ABC Religion & Ethics (2013)
School chaplaincy case: a missed opportunity for secular education, Southern Cross Business School (2012)
We must do better than this sham compromise between religion and ethics classes, ABC Religion & Ethics (2012)
Why tolerate racism, discrimination and segregation in schools?, ABC Religion & Ethics (2011)
Ethics classes won’t stop the extremists, Online Opinion: Australia's E-Journal of Social and Political Debate (2010)
Believe or ‘burn in hell’: the politics of religion pedagogy in
Australia, a pilot study, A scholarly affair: proceedings of the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia 2010 national conference (2010)
Public school religion education raises complex policy responsibilities
in plural democracies. In Australia, ambiguous policy intent...
Religion and social inclusion in Australian public education, Doctoral thesis, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW (2012)
Spirit in the 'Expanding Circle': why learn about religion in Australia in the 21st Century? can comparative religion knowledge enable cultural diversity capability?, Honours thesis, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Qld. (2007)
The place of religion in society is under scrutiny. Increasing local and global religiously marked...