Teaching about Religion and Spirituality: Pathways to Anti-Oppressive Visions of the Social Studies
According to research by the Pew Foundation (2022), Americans experience increasing percentages of people who are spiritual but not religious. Such findings may not be surprizing in this world of science and fact. Yet, as Kristoff (2014) pointed out, the United States also carries a certain amount of religious ignorance as well. This absent or shallow knowledge represents a key determinant in the exodus that characterizes contemporary religious climates.
Ongoing conflict in the middle east represents the extension of ongoing religious disputes (Armstrong, 2001), while governments control, monitor, and otherwise oppress religious thinking in Asiatic settings (Marsh, 2011). Authentic education of youth about spirituality and religion in these communities represents an essential process in the pursuit of world peace.
Although the emphasis on spiritualty scholarship has transitioned from issues concerning the metaphysical to civics (Watson, 2003), teaching about religion and spirituality in teacher education is not without its proponents (Lin and Lucey, in press). Regarding social studies, research connects spirituality with social studies social studies and economics (Lucey, 2019, 2021) and relates it to digital citizenship (Asmuni, 2021).
In today’s materially factual environment, religion and spirituality serve as potential tools for anti-oppressive social teaching that potentially thwarts ignorance of myths promulgated by the dominant culture (Rodriguez & Swalwell, 2022). When viewed through a broader lens, various faiths and their originating contexts purport to serve as efforts to challenge the dominant narrative (Armstrong, 2001; Crossan, 2015). With time, the foundational principles have been compromised to serve the social agenda of the socially privileged (McLaren, 2021) and suppress the social interests of women and other minoritized groups (Barr, 2021; McCaulley, 2020).
This Special Issue serves to engage the readership community in dialogue about understandings/teachings of spirituality and religion as they relate to social studies. Considering the intersections of these areas with the social studies themes of history, economics, geography, and civics offers opportunities to broaden understandings of these concepts and how they inform the formation of a critically thinking democratic citizenry.
List of topic areas
- Spirituality and religion
- Behavioural sciences within the social studies
- Early childhood or elementary classrooms
- Teaching about different faith traditions, their origins, and the relevancies to social studies curricula.
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Opening date for manuscripts submissions (if agreed with publisher): 8th January, 2024
Closing date for abstract submission: 22nd March, 2024
Closing date for manuscripts submission: 17th May, 2024
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