Selected lectures by Dr Philip Hughes and Prof Graham Rossiter
The lectures are the parts of the program specifically related to the book Life to the full.

Dr Philip Hughes

A long time Australian social research scholar in the Christian Research Association, has specialised in the study of young Australians, their religiosity, spirituality, needs, interests and interactions with culture. Well known for his book on Youth Spirituality ( Putting life Together 2007), he has just published a new study on spiritual / moral / religious education: Educating for Purposeful Living in a Post-Traditional Age (2017).

 

Prof Graham Rossiter

A teacher and a university scholar whose career has been focused on Australian Catholic school religious education. He has a long term special interest in the theory and practice of classroom religious education, and in the way that it needs to respond to significant changes in contemporary spirituality – especially the spirituality of youth. He is noted for many seminal writings in Religious Education since the 1980s, including, Reasons for living: Education and young people's search for meaning, identity and spirituality.

 


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Rationale and context
The role of Catholic school Religious Education in giving young people substantial access to their religious heritage has never been in question. However, given the extensive secularisation of contemporary Australian society, there is an opportunity for Religious Education to do something else for the young people in Catholic schools – help them acquire knowledge and skills that will enable them to better negotiate a meaningful life in a challenging and complex culture. This can promote their spiritual and moral development, whether or not they become church going.

The starting point for a relevant school religious and moral education for the 21st century requires of teachers an understanding of the complexity of contemporary westernised culture, particularly in the way it impacts on the personal development of young people. This study day will help identify some of this complexity. It will interpret a number of the critical issues that young people have to face in their lives.

As the principal spiritual/moral subject in the Catholic school curriculum, Religious Education can play a pivotal role in helping young people learn how to identify and evaluate the ‘big issues' of the day. There are important questions about implications for both content and pedagogy. This focus could provide leadership for Australian education by showing what an important educational role could be played by a spiritual/moral subject in the curriculum like Religion.

Drawing on extensive research, this was an opportunity for Catholic school leaders and Religious Educators to gather in dialogue with the researchers and with their colleagues to explore how religious education can best meet the needs of contemporary youth.

Philip Hughes addressed the following in two lectures: 1. What should be the goals of religious education in a post-traditional age and how might we achieve them?
Examination of changes in our cultural and religious context, such as the fluidity of identity and emphasis on personal fulfilment.

2. How we can encourage young people to develop lives of meaning and purpose in our contemporary context ?
Drawing on 15 years of research and surveys of more than 10,000 students, Dr Hughes looked at programs of education that contributed to developing lives of meaning and purpose. He explored the possibility of a theme-based approach drawing on a variety of sources of knowledge. He examined the importance of special experiences, adult and social justice groups.

Graham Rossiter addressed the secularised life situation of most students in Australian Catholic schools. Understanding the life issues and challenges in culture that they have to negotiate in finding a meaningful and satisfying life is a fundamental starting point for religious educators. There is a need for a religious education that will help resource the spirituality and personal development of young people, whether or not they become religious church goers.

Videos of 5 lectures, together with the powerpoints and audiovisuals that accompanied the lectures

From the Study Day on Religious Education, 10 August 2018, at which LIfe to the full was launched by Br Gerard Rummery fsc.

BRIEF INTRODUCTION: SETTING THE AGENDA FOR A 21ST CENTURY RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Graham Rossiter

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LECTURE 1: GOALS OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IN A POST-TRADITIONAL AGE
Philip Hughes

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LECTURE 2: ENCOURAGING YOUNG PEOPLE TO DEVELOP LIVES OF MEANING AND PURPOSE IN OUR CONTEMPORARY CONTEXT.
Philip Hughes

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LECTURE 3: THE NEED FOR A 'RELEVANT' RELIGIOUS EDUCATION -- A CRITICAL, RESEARCH-ORIENTED PEDAGOGY AND CONTENT INCLUDING CONTEMPORARY LIFE ISSUES Graham Rossiter

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A. Introductory powerpoint: Some points on youth spirituality and religious education B. Example of postgraduate students' mini-research reports on life issues C. Example report on the influence of social media on the development of personal identity
D. A 10 year old Year 5 student research statement on 'bullying' E. A critical approach to studying the way consumerism functions like a religion -- Part 1 A sample from the research literature F. A critical approach to studying the way consumerism functions like a religion -- Part 2 Comparing the mise-en-scene of traditional Christian spirituality with that of consumerist lifestyle. (Alternative smaller file with lower video resolution, may help with downloading)
G. Examples of postgraduate study materials showing how a critical research pedagogy may be applied to religious topics like:- Prayer; Scripture & Story Telling; Study of Jesus; Church History; Morality and ethics.  

NOTE: Much more detailed audiovisual material is available at this linked site. This ties in with chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9. and 10 of Life to the Full.

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LECTURE 4: A CHALLENGE TO ADDRESS AT SCHOOL LEVEL THE PROBLEM WITH THE CURRENT EXCESSIVE ECCLESIASTICAL LANGUAGE USED FOR TALKING ABOUT SCHOOL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Graham Rossiter

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LECTURE 5: BOOK LAUNCH OF LIFE TO THE FULL. ADDRESS
BY BR GERARD RUMMERY fsc

Br Gerard Rummery FSC

A principal leader of Australian Catholic Religious Education since the 1970s. After his seminal 1975 book Catechesis and Religious Education in a Pluralist Society , he taught at the Catholic College of Education Sydney and was editor of Our Apostolate and its successor Word in Life for many years. He served on the international leadership team of the De La Salle Brothers and has contributed professional development / academic programs in countries around the world in different languages. He brings a wealth of international experience to his perspective on Religious Education.

 

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