Religion and literacy: observations on religious education and the literacy strategy for secondary education in Britain
Homan, R. (2004) Religion and literacy: observations on religious education and the literacy strategy for secondary education in Britain British Journal of Religious Education, 26 (1). pp. 21-32. ISSN 1740-7931
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The target for the year 2004 is that 70% of all 14-year-olds should achieve Level 5 English. This figure rises to 85% for 2007. 'Schools that are beginning to work on literacy across subjects … are asked to prioritise objectives from the Framework for teaching English: years 7-9' (Department for Education and Employment, 2001, p. 3). When Literacy Across the Curriculum (LAC) is introduced in these terms, the implication is that all teachers should assist English in improving its standards. Even in the model lessons that appear in official documents, there are signs that religious education is expected to yield its learning objectives to English. This paper, however, is about LAC not for the sake of English but for the sake of religious education. It proposes an approach to literacy beyond the narrow conceptions of some LAC strategists, such as the collection and classification of subject-specific vocabulary.
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