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The Learning Conference 2003

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Priests Preach, Teachers Teach: Biblical Literacy in the Religion Classroom

Jan Grajczonek.

This paper seeks to explore the place of biblical literacy within the wider multiliteracies offered in contemporary classrooms. It is now accepted that students require skills in a range of literacies in order to command a knowledge and understanding of particular subjects in which they participate. Religious literacy is another that can be added to this growing list of multiliteracies. A critical aspect of religious literacy is that it is an educational activity rather than a catechetical or doctrinal activity. The area of biblical studies is a significant element in the classroom teaching of religion and has its own discourse with which students must become familiar. This paper explores the nature and purpose of biblical literacy within the religion classroom suggesting that it remains within an educational framework.


Jan Grajczonek
Lecturer in Religious Education
School of Religious Education

  • Multiliteracies
  • Religious literacy
  • Biblical literacy
  • Educational dimension within religious education
  • Socio-cultural contexts
  • Primary education

(30 min Conference Paper, English)