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The Academic Background...

 
The formal academic background of this website is found in the 1995 Masters thesis 'Educating into Discipleship' and the 2006 Doctoral thesis ‘Biblical Metaphors for God in the Primary Level of the Religious Education Series To Know Worship and Love’ both written by Margaret F. Carswell.
 
In 'Educating into Discipleship', the Guidelines for Religious Eduation in the Archdiocese of Melbourne (1984-1994) were examined to establish if the teaching of key discipleship texts found in the Gospel of Mark were presented in a manner which allowed their interpretation as such. The finding that there was a significant gap between what was required for the valid interpretation of passages and what was found in the Guidelines, promoted examination of alternative methods for teaching Scripture and of the proposal of a method called the Composite Model; a model which drew on aspects of all those reviewed. The first paper which follows is an adaptation of Chapter 3 of the thesis. It outlines the review of alternative methods and explains the Composite Model.    
 
 
 
In 'Biblical Metaphors for God in the Primary Level of the Religious Education Series To Know Worship and Love', the issue of the presentation of Scripture was examined more fully. Church documents from Vatian 1 were examined and a set of principles which should guide the presentation of Scripture in Religious Education were established against which To Know Worship and Love was examined. Significant gaps were again identified, to the extent that the series was found to promote a sense of God which was limited and distorted. The following paper, which reviews Church documents which speak about the presentation of Scripture, is an adaptation of Chapters One and Two of the thesis.