|EDEC103 Christian Foundations of Education|
Practice-Based Assignment (1500 words)
Design a ten question “Frequently Asked Questions” sheet for a specified age group. Why did you choose the questions you did and what considerations drove the content of your answers to those questions?
Assignment Title: Religious Education Christianity
1. Describe the profile of faith and belief in Australia as outlined on the 2017 Mc Crindle Info graphics.
This question helps the children understand how the concept of religion evolved in their country or rather what is the history of their religion. Earlier the Australians did not have any particular religion to follow but this changed gradually in the last 50 years and in the year 1966 Christianity became the main religion of this country. However the faith and attitude of the Australians towards the Christian religion differs from person to person. As per the Mc Crindle info graphics it states that about 38% of the Australian strongly believes that they are Christians. 24% supports Christianity which includes 12% who are neutral and the rest 26% are just fine with this religion. People of Australia have different notion and perceptions towards this religion (Bråten and Everington, 2019). Some Australians believe that Christianity is all about being caring, being kind and most of all love. Most of the Australians believe that Christianity means love. Those who believe in the religion, their faith towards the religion grew up with them from the teachings of their religious family members. There is another segment as well who in spite of belonging to a religious background they leave their religion but follows a path which is spiritual. The younger generation on the other hand are more into research and follow their heart when it comes to believing in any specific religion. The main motto is to make the children understand that in a secular country like Australia they should support and respect all the religions.
2. Compare the characteristics of Gen Z and Gen α outlined on the 2017 Mc Crindle Info graphic.
The basic concept to form this question is to give a clear perception about religion to the children and give them a basic understanding about what is their relation all about and what is the importance of knowing their religion. The younger generations are more open than the older generations in terms of their views and opinion and thoughts about their religion. On this context it can be mentioned that 20% Gen Z, 19% Gen Y are quite open to their thoughts about the religions. Religious faiths or beliefs are more dominant in the older generations. The younger generation believe that people turn religious only when they are facing the turmoil of life and when the time is quite difficult for the individual to handle. However the younger generation think that they do not have to face any such difficult situations which they cannot handle (Dorman et.al., 2012). The believes of the older generation that if they don’t do anything good in life they will go to hell sounds just like a meaningless story to them which they don’t believe anymore. But the children should be aware of the religion because it is not only about a fear of going to hell but also about doing good and preaching love to others which will make world a better place to live in.
3. Summarise what Cowling argues is needed for the debate to be valuable
This question helps the children to understand the difference between the concept of religion in the older generation and the younger generation. Older generation are more orthodox in terms of religion and they believe that if they do anything wrong then they will go to hell and God will never forgive them. However the thinking of the younger generation is much more lenient in terms of religion (Goldman, 2018). They think that their life is not that difficult and there is no wrong doing in their life which will make them feel guilty. So this will help the children understand what is right and what is wrong and will help the children to understand the difference between the right and wrong.
4. What are the changes to religious education discussed by Cowling?
Religious education as per Cowling is quite important for the young generation as well as for the children because they need to understand and have an idea about all the aspects of the experiences of the humans in terms of spiritual, moral as well as religious aspects. The study helps the younger generation to have an insight on the religion and its aspects in their lives (Hayhoe, 2018). They should know and learn that religion not only teaches them that they should always do good and not bad but also teaches the meaning of love and respect which the children and the younger generation should have towards the other religions and human beings. Serving mankind is serving God and they should understand the meaning of this and follow the same in their life.
5. Summarise Cowling’s comments about accommodating different views.
The basic concept of this question is to make the children understand that it is important for them and the younger generation to know the idea of spiritualism and its aspects in terms of moral as well as religions. It is necessary to know the religion for the children and to know the different views and the opinions on their religion (Kaymakcan, 2019). Having knowledge on their religion will help them to gain knowledge; the knowledge that will enlighten their mind. It will help the children to learn the values of love and respect and how they can show respect to other human beings and their religions.
6. What does Treddinick mean by
6.1 Countering the culture- This question will help the children or the younger generation to understand their culture and what is its influence in every aspect of their life, how they are different from people who belong to different cultures etc. This will also help them understand the history of their culture. This will not only help the children understand their culture but will also help them to adopt the changing values in their culture.
6.2 The power of the ordinary- This question helps the children understand the power of ordinary or in other words the power of simplicity. Man is more faithful through his simplicity and when God find this simplicity in people He trusts those persons more. The question makes the children understand that simplicity and faithfulness help them to be near God so that they can listen to His heart and feel his voice; it will help them understand the meaning of relationship with God.
6.3 Communities of practice- Community of practice helps the children to understand the value of sharing and cooperating with other to learn. This question helps the children understand that when the people belonging to the same community gathers together this make them share a stronger bond in terms of their religion.
7. What does Winter mean when comparing Learning for Earning with Learning for Living?
The basic motto of learning for the children is to gain knowledge. Education is mandatory for every child as it is the key to their empowerment in terms of culture, knowledge which is required for their social, cultural and economical development as a whole. Understanding more, knowing more and being in the world of knowledge or learning is quite important for the mental growth of the children. So learning for living is important for the enlightenment of the human minds (Sutton, 2016). Whereas learning for living is where knowledge is specified; this means that the knowledge will be profession based only and will help to earn money in the workplace and not help in any other improvement as a human being. The question will help the children understand that they need to work hard and study so that they can prove themselves in every field of their life. They should know the importance of God who is there to guide them in every step they take.
8. What were the first century characteristics of the “Learning for Earning School”?
The importance of this question to the school going children is that they should know while learning that their main motto to continue with education is not only to gain knowledge and earn a job for living but also to gain knowledge which will enrich their mind. This question has been formed to make them understand that money is not everything. Money cannot make a man perfect. It is his personality, his attitude towards others that makes a perfect man. So this question will guide the children that apart from financial gain knowledge have its other essence too which will help them to grow to be a better human being.
9. What were the first century objections to the “Learning for Earning School”?
This question helps the children to understand the importance of education and make them understand that their motto to study is not only to earn money but also to understand the value of studies apart from the bookish knowledge. Knowledge make them grow to be a good human being.
10. How do the first-century debated about learning relate to the contemporary Challenges for Christian Schools?
This question is to make the children understand about the belief of the first century. People in the first century believed that through their faith and believe in God they should also try to seek God. But the present generation think in the other way; they think that there is no wrong doing in their life which will make them seek God or make them go to hell after their death.