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Theological Research

  • By: Patrick Slattery
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

There is a long tradition of using theology as a method for curriculum research and as a metaphor for understanding curriculum. Theological research in the curriculum field seeks historical, psychological, and philosophical understandings that will enhance investigations of religion and education, separation of church and government, court rulings on prayer in schools, spirituality and holistic practices in the curriculum, the eschato-logical dimensions of currere, character education, debates about evolution and intelligent design, moral development, values in the classroom, textbook challenges and library controversies, access to religious education, reactions of religious denominations to queer identities, and ethnographic dimensions of religion and spirituality in cultural studies.

Theology (from the Greek theos, “God,” and logos, “word” or “meaning”) has a variety of interrelated definitions. In pagan antiquity, it ...

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