Teaching Studies of Religion - what works?
We have three panellists, Mark Case, Kim Goodwin and Louise Zavone. Each will present their Top Teaching Tip, and then we will open it up for questions from the audience and discussion of solutions by the panellist. Dr Gil Davis will moderate the questions.
Originally from the UK, Mark graduated with a degree in Theology from Oxford University and taught Religious Studies in selective boys’ schools in London for ten years, which included four years as Head of Sixth Form (Years 11 and 12). In 2010 he moved to Sydney and took up a position in the Philosophy & Religious Studies Department at Newington College, where he is also a Housemaster and rugby coach.
Kim-Maree Goodwin is the Faith Formation & Religious Education Officer, Religious Education and Curriculum, for the Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn, having previously served as a religious education coordinator and Assistant Principal in various schools. She has a number of qualifications including a B.A. Dip Ed. and a Master of Theology. For many years she has been involved with Studies of Religion in roles including HSC marker, and President and Web Maintainer of Association for Studies of Religion from 2009 – 2012. In 2009 she was the Recipient of the Professional Teacher’s Council, NSW, Outstanding Professional Service Award. Kim has been an author for Cambridge University Press and presenter at the annual Association of Studies of Religion Conferences.
Louise is the Education Officer for Secondary Religious Education in the Religious Education & Evangelisation team for Sydney Catholic Schools. She has over 25 years of experience in the Religious Education classroom with qualifications that include a Masters of Religious Education Australian Catholic University and a Master of Arts (Theological Studies) Catholic Institute of Sydney, Strathfield. In 2009 Louise was appointed as the Secondary Religious Education Adviser in the Inner Western Region of Sydney, working with REC’s and RE teachers to enhance assessment tasks and teaching and learning strategies in Religious Education. Prior to this appointment, Louise was the REC at Brigidine College, Randwick and also at St Patrick’s College, Campbelltown. Louise has been a HSC marker since 2002 and a HSC Senior Marker for Studies of Religion since 2009 and she is currently the President for the Association for Studies of Religion, having served as President for the past 3 years. The current focus of her work has been the revision of the Stage 4 and 5 Religious Education Curriculum, providing relevant professional development days and support documents for teachers to use in their classrooms.