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Robert Jackson

University of Warwick, Director of Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit

 

 

Robert Jackson was Director of Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit (1994-2012) and is Professor of Religions and Education at the University of Warwick and a Special Adviser to the European Wergeland Centre, Oslo. He has been involved in international research and development, including the European Commission's REDCo project, and the Council of Europe's wide-ranging work on religion and education. He was Editor of the British Journal of Religious Education (1996-2011). In 2013 he received the William Rainey Harper Award from the Religious Education Association (USA), presented to 'outstanding leaders whose work in other fields has had profound impact upon religious education'. He was also made a life member of the Religious Education Association and the Association of University Lecturers in Religious Education. His latest book 'Signposts': Policy and Practice for Teaching about Religions and Non-Religious Worldviews in Intercultural Education published by the Council of Europe Publishing, 2014, is written for policy makers, schools and teacher educators across Europe, discussing the implementation of a recent Council of Europe Recommendation.

Contributions

Foundation Update

Addressing Religious Extremism: A Positive Approach for Policy Makers and Practitioners

Extreme violence in the name of religion has become a feature of our society. However, there is a risk that hasty policy reactions to such violence can confuse extremism with conservative views that are legitimate in a liberal democracy that supports freedom of religion and belief. This can damage social cohesion by associating these events with a generalised picture of a religion. National policy needs to be integrated, including a positive educational approach. Better understanding of religions and engagement with people of other faiths, while not a solution on its own, is an important factor in countering extremism and building tolerance and respect among different groups. This can only help to foster democratic citizenship in national and global society, writes Robert Jackson for our Global Perspectives Series.

07 May 2015

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