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Liam Gearon

Associate Professor in Religious Education Harris Manchester College,

Liam Gearon is Associate Professor in Religious Education at the University of Oxford's Department of Education and a Senior Research Fellowship at Harris Manchester College. After teaching religious education for several years, including as Head of Religious Education at St Dunstan's, Glastonbury, Gearon has since conducted extensive academic research on theology and the study of religion as well as education and is the author or editor of over twenty books. These include On Holy Ground: The Theory and Practice of Religious Education published by Routledge in 2013 and MasterClass in Religious Education published by Bloomsbury Academic also in 2013. Gearon has worked extensively with UNESCO including consulting on the official UNESCO Guidelines on Inter-cultural Education of 2006 and contributing to Contemporary Issues in Human Rights Education published by UNESCO in 2011. A member of the Executive of the Society of Educational Studies, Gearon is also Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He also holds the posts of Adjunct Professor at the Australian Catholic University; and Conjoint Professor in Humanities Research Institute, Schools of Education and Humanities, Newcastle University, Australia.

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Foundation Update

The Counter Terrorist Classroom: Countering Extremism Through (Religious) Education?

The problem of modern religious education remains how to ground the subject when it is no longer grounded in the religious life, in the life of the holy. Contemporary efforts to use religious education for the countering of extremism are a subset of the wider grounding of religious education in political life and concerns. When religious education is harnessed to secular purposes and no longer provides any meaningful pathways to pursue the holy, we leave that vital space empty for the extremists to fill. If we do not recognise this, any attempt to use education to counter extremism is bound to fail, writes Liam Gearon for our Global Perspectives Series.

06 May 2015

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