This unit will focus on the practical methods and strategies relevant to teaching and learning in Religious Education. Students will be exposed to a range of approaches useful to Religious Educators and will critically evaluate these approaches in light of the foundational aims of Orthodox Religious Education. This unit will explore relevant pedagogical theories that can support the delivery of Religious Education. Students will engage and reflect on practical ministry through various observations in a chosen setting and class presentations.

Unit code: DR2719A

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Religious Education

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate traditional and contemporary approaches to Religious Education.


Identify and describe a variety of teaching and learning approaches relevant to Religious Education.


Engage with existing Religious Education curricula to plan sequences of instruction.


Design a range of teaching and learning resources for catechists and students which incorporate a range of evidence- based pedagogical practices.

Unit sequence

Prerequisites: Foundational Studies unit in Religious Education


Classes will also have an online tutorial. Students will be expected to contribute 5 discussions.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Boojamra, John Lawrence. Foundations for Orthodox Christian Education. Crestwood, N.Y.: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1989.
  • Boys, Mary C. Educating in Faith: Maps and Visions. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1989.
  • Estep Jr, James R, Anthony, MJ, and Allison, GR. A Theology for Religious Education. Nashville: B.&H. Publishing Group 2008.
  • Groome, Thomas H. Christian Religious Education: Sharing Our Story and Vision. 1st Jossey-Bass ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999.
  • Harris, Maria. Fashion Me a People: Curriculum in the Church. 1st ed. Louisville, KY.: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1989.
  • Hattie, John. Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning. London: Routledge, 2012. (recommended for purchase)
  • Koulomzin, Sophie. Our Church and Our Children. Crestwood, NY: SVS Press, 1975, reissued 2004.
  • Pazmini, Robert W. Foundational Issues in Religious Education. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker 2008.
  • Schmemann, Alexander. “Liturgy and Education” in Liturgy and Life. Syosset, NY: OCA-DRE.
  • Vrame, Anton C. *The Educating Icon: Teaching Wisdom and Holiness in the Orthodox Wa*y. Brookline, Mass.: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 1999. (Recommended for purchase )
  • Yount, William R. The Teaching Ministry of the Church. 2nd ed. Nashville: B.&H. Publishing Group 2008.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Reports on observation of two Religious Education sessions in a chosen session (1750 words)

1750 40.0

Composition of relevant material for Religious Educators (1750 words)

1750 40.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Online tutorial participation (1000 words)

1000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-06-25 15:01:26 +1000