Potential realised? Celebrating Ofsted Report’s 1st Birthday…

October's Norwich presentation of Islam in RE took place almost exactly a year after the publication of Realising the Potential As I pointed out from the onset of the course, Islam in RE: Religious Literacy & Controversy Through Enquiry was created to systematically tackle the problems outlined in Ofsted's Realising the Potential report. In that sense, Islam is used as an example religion;... Continue Reading →

No way back to Kansas: The wider context of Thursday’s course

“Mr Werdelin has developed a propitious educational project whose significance is as far reaching as its necessity in today’s big education debates...” - Mujadad Zaman, MPhil Educational Research Methods, PhD student candidate at the Faculty of Education, Cambridge University. *   For the benefit of attendees of Islam in RE: Religious Literacy & Controversy Through Enquiry this coming... Continue Reading →

Institute of Education, London: “Islam in RE: Religious Literacy and Controversy through Enquiry”

Missed the Norwich Pilot? Our new course is now available at the Institute of Education, London: full day, 22 July, 2014, Institute of Education, London. Book now on courses@werdelin.co.uk. ss hints... “Islam in RE: Religious Litteracy and Controversy through Enquiry” is a teaching program for all educators and researchers interested in Islam and in the future role of Religious... Continue Reading →

Empowering communities through Student-Centred Learning

According to one American researcher, Palestinians get it; do we? As I was exploring materials for the IEC2014 seminar on empowering identity and community building through Cooperative Learning, I came across an article by Dr. Louis Cristillo on Palestinian education. Strangely, this tale from a faraway land somehow encapsulates our red thread of the relationship between business, student-centred learning and 21c skills on the one hand and empowerment and community building... Continue Reading →

Realising the Potential? Ofsted goes spiritual!

The controlled and guided enquiry and real-time assessment of thinking processes afforded by Cooperative Learning do provide the tools for enquiry in RE while driving the "hard" elements of the curriculum. This Thursday, Alan Brine of HMI opened up the discussion of RE vs. P4C at the Realising the Potential conference at East Anglia University. Highly relevant to the preceding posts from Edinburgh... Continue Reading →

P4C? No, P4U!

Of relevance to participants in the UEA Realising Potential Religious Education conference, this comment on Lawsons talk on Heidegger and the ‘Quest’ inherent in ‘Questioning’ is hereby reblogged.

“…all great truths must first be constantly renewed by bringing them into the place where they emerge into being for the first time, that is, in response to a deeply felt sense of questioning, the piety of thought. Second-hand truths may be useful, but they are not what make us who we are. This is something many school pupils feel very deeply.”

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Notes from BRAIS conference, University of Edinburgh 10-11 April 2014 Panel 5: Education: Theory and Method:

Ibrahim Lawson (Institute of Eduction, London): Questioning builds a way: Heidegger, Islam and education

In my own presentation I point out the connection between the two preceding talks and my theme of schools teaching tools for authentic identity formation through the organised social constructivism of Cooperative Learning.

I want to begin this series of BRAIS posts here, as this talk is best likened to a nuclear submarine roving the dark ocean depths, with all other presentations –  for all their merit –  being mere air balloons above those deceivingly calm waters, blown hither and dither by the winds of postmodern self-referencing.

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This is not mere poetic license. Ibrahim Lawson brings a unique set of experiences and skills to the table:  He has read  philosophy and linguistics at University of East Anglia, did his PGCE at Cambridge, has MA’s in Action Research and Theology and has…

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Deradicalisation; it’s not about what you do, it’s about who you are

Mohammed Elshimi (University of Exeter) : Identity, Citizenship, and Security: What is Deradicalisation? (PART 1, read PART 2)* (Notes from BRAIS conference, University of Edinburgh 10-11 April 2014, Panel 3: Identity and Integration In Muslim-Minority Societies) This is the most controversial presentation in the entire conference, bar none, and the most pertinent to our theme of... Continue Reading →

Christian-centred, atheism-centred… or just Student-Centred? Making RE relevant at all

Matthew Vince (University of Exeter): Expressing Islam within a Christian centric education system : Lessons from a young British Muslim RE teacher (PART 1) (Notes from BRAIS conference, University of Edinburgh 10-11 April 2014, Panel 3: Islam in UK Institutions/Organisations and Everyday Muslim Religious Lives) Executive summary* According to Matthew Vince, who is doing his PGCE... Continue Reading →

P4C? No, P4U!

Notes from BRAIS conference, University of Edinburgh 10-11 April 2014 Panel 5: Education: Theory and Method: Ibrahim Lawson (Institute of Eduction, London): Questioning builds a way: Heidegger, Islam and education In my own presentation on the Student-Centred Classroom and the Self-Centred Student  (read/listen), I point out the connection between the two preceding talks and my theme of schools... Continue Reading →

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