The Use of Foucauldian Discourse Analysis to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Religious Education Pedagogy

By Richard Patrick Branson.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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Questions about the effectiveness of Religious Education methods were raised in a qualitative study of the role of the imagination in the religious conversion of adolescents attending Catholic secondary schools in Western Australia. Foucauldian discourse analysis was used to interpret the data from that study to show how the participants constructed their beliefs about God and how they positioned themselves in relation to discourses involving family, school and Church. The conclusions drawn from the analysis are in harmony with the general thrust of New Evangelisation and point to the need to develop a Religious Education pedagogy that is relational.

Keywords: Religious Education, New Evangelization, Foucauldian Discourse Analysis, Pedagogy, Relational, Religious Education, Spiritual formation, Christianity, Youth

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 3, Issue 3, March 2014, pp.19-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 9, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 345.821KB)).

Dr Richard Patrick Branson

Assistant Deputy Principal, Campus Ministry, Kolbe Catholic College, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Dr. Richard Patrick Branson leads teams of staff and students who work in the area of campus ministry at Kolbe Catholic College. Their work extends from the classroom to extra-curricular activities that are social, religious, and apostolic. He is involved in the development of faith formation programs for staff in the College, leadership in the liturgical life of the College, and has some influence on the development of the College as a leading digital school. His current research interest is the development of a social constructionist view of New Evangelisation.