Teacher identity and Religion Education in Life Orientation

Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa

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Title Teacher identity and Religion Education in Life Orientation
Creator Jarvis, Janet
Subject — classroom praxis; empathetic-reflective-dialogue; identity negotiation; religion education; religious identity transformation.
Description Integral to the Life Orientation curriculum is democracy and human right. This article contends that considering human rights cannot simply be a theoretical exercise as the implementation thereof affects lived human experience. Currently held narratives of lived experience need to be dialogically explored. Integrally linked to any such exploration is the identity of the explorer. It can be said that individuals are made to varying degrees by systems and networks of power in society, including dominant discourses. However, they also have the capacity, by exercising individual agency, to make themselves according to the way in which they respond to the intersections that shape identity, including ethnicity, culture, class, religion, gender, sexual orientation and so forth. This article seeks to explore teacher identity and, in particular, teacher religious identity, with a view to transformed Religion Education. The argument is made for Life Orientation teachers to negotiate their religious identity from a position of ‘religious identity paralysis’ or ‘religious identity paradox’ or even ‘religious identity flexibility’ to one of ‘religious identity transformation’. Both in-service and pre-service teachers participated in the studies informing this article.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2021-07-28
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/td.v17i1.1076
Source The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa; Vol 17, No 1 (2021); 6 pages 2415-2005 1817-4434
Language eng
Relation https://td-sa.net/index.php/td/article/view/1076/1863 https://td-sa.net/index.php/td/article/view/1076/1864 https://td-sa.net/index.php/td/article/view/1076/1865 https://td-sa.net/index.php/td/article/view/1076/1866
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Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Janet Jarvis https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0