This unit serves as an introduction to the nature, purpose and approach of Religious Education in the life of the Church. Students will theologically reflect on the aims of Religious Education and will explore the role and nature of the curriculum in the life of the church. This unit will also explore key understanding that Religious Educators need to have about the students of Religious Education, including various approaches to delivering Religious Education in a parish setting. This unit is a foundational unit equipping students who want to take further Religious Education units.

Unit code: DR8709A (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Religious Education

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Compose and defend a view of the aims of education in the Church


Critically evaluate the model of the ancient catechumenate and apply its wisdom to a contemporary situation.


Construct a theological reflection the role of the teacher within the life of the Church.


Demonstrate skills in integrating a selection of foundational pedagogical theories to Religious Education in the Church


Propose and appraise initiatives for Religious Education in the church today


Lectures, classroom discussion, guided reading from set texts, additional reading resources and notes

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.
  • Hattie, John. Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning. London: Routledge, 2012.
  • 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.
  • Koulomzin, Sophie. Our Church and Our Children. Crestwood, NY: SVS Press, 1975, reissued 2004.
  • 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.
  • Estep Jr, James R, Anthony, MJ, and Allison, GR. A Theology for Religious Education. Nashville: B.&H. Publishing Group 2008
  • Pazmini, Robert W. Foundational Issues in Religious Education. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker 2008.
  • Smith, James K. A. Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview and Cultural Formation. 2009.
  • Welch, Leslie, Adams, G., Brown, J.L., Welch, A. and Marzano, R.J., The Art and Science of Teaching. Alexandria, Va: ASCD, 2008.
  • Yount, William R. The Teaching Ministry of the Church. 2nd ed. Nashville: B.&H. Publishing Group 2008.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Workplace evaluation

Practical Assessment – Ministry Evaluation and Proposal 2500 words

2500 40.0

Written Assessment Task – Essay 2500 words

2500 40.0
Personal Reflection

Written Assessment Task – Reflections 1250 word equiv

1250 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-10-31 14:08:30 +1100