Model of Religious Education
Elliot, M, Stower, L.et al. (2013) Religious Education Curriculum, Archdiocese of Brisbane. Brisbane, Australia. Catholic Education Archdiocese of Brisbane. (p11-12)
Since 2008, the distinct and complementary nature of both dimensions of Religious Education has been conceptualised in the following Model for Religious Education. In the schools and colleges of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, teaching people religion and teaching people to be religious draw upon the Catholic Christian tradition in ways that are mindful of local contexts and the ecumenical and multi-faith realities of contemporary culture.
School communities seek to understand and utilise the distinctiveness and complementarity of these two dimensions of Religious Education in the holistic education and the formation of students. School programs, activities and experiences for the classroom learning and teaching of religion and the religious life of the school are responsive to religious diversity, while being faithful to the Catholic Christian identity of the school.
In summary, the Vision for Religious Education and the Model for Religious Education take a big picture view; for while both take place within the physical and temporal context of a Catholic or ecumenical school, they presuppose a broader context and length of time not available to a school: a whole lifetime.