Byrne, C 2010, 'Believe or ‘burn in hell’: the politics of religion pedagogy in Australia, a pilot study', in B Offord & R Garbutt (eds), A scholarly affair: proceedings of the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia 2010 national conference, Byron Bay, NSW, 7-9 December, Southern Cross University, Centre for Peace and Social Justice and the School of Arts and Social Science, Lismore, NSW, pp. 37-53. ISBN: 9780980498073.
Believe or ‘burn in hell’: the politics of religion pedagogy in Australia, a pilot studyA scholarly affair: proceedings of the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia 2010 national conference
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AbstractPublic school religion education raises complex policy responsibilitiesin plural democracies. In Australia, ambiguous policy intent and contradictoryimplementations create confusion for parents and educators. The state’s desire toencourage access by diverse faith groups defends minimal regulation, but alsoenables extremism, with children warned they will ‘burn in hell if (they) do notbelieve in Jesus’ (ID44). In the context of debate about alternatives, this pilotsurvey of attitudes identifies significant differences between the teachingphilosophy desired by parents and professional educators and the approach takenby volunteer religious instructors.