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Completed WRERU Research and Development Projects

Islamic Education Research
Funding: Swedish Research Council
Duration: 2015-2017
Researchers: Dr Jenny Berglund

A Forum for Public Engagement with Religion: Exploring Faith(s) in 'Post-Secular' Societies
Funding: Warwick Public Engagement Fund
Duration: March - July 2016
Researchers: Dr James Hodkinson (School of Modern Languages and Cultures), Dr Elisabeth Arweck

The Role of Religion in Families during times of Austerity
Funding: British Academy & The Leverhulme Trust
Duration: 2014-2016
Researchers: Professor Eleanor Nesbitt, Dr Elisabeth Arweck and Dr Sonya Sharma (Kingston University)

Ten Leading Schools: The spiritual influence of Christian-ethos secondary education
Funding: The Douglas Trust
Duration: 2014-2016
Researchers: Professor Leslie Francis, Dr Ann Casson, Dr Ursula McKenna, Dr Gemma Penny
Key publication: Casson, A, Cooling, T and Francis, L.J. (2017) Lessons in spiritual development. Learning from leading Christian-ethos secondary schools. London: Church House Publishing.

Creation of a school subject from below? An investigation of the emerging school subject ‘livsunskap’ (Life Skills) in Swedish schools
Funding: Swedish Research Council
Duration: 2011-2013
Researchers: Dr Elisabeth Arweck, Professor Robert Jackson, Dr Julia Ipgrave, Dr Judith Everington, Dr Ursula McKenna

Young People's Attitudes to Religious Diversity
Funding: AHRC/ESRC
Duration: 2009-2012
Researchers: Professor Robert Jackson, Professor Leslie J. Francis, Dr Julia Ipgrave, Dr Elisabeth Arweck, Dr Ursula McKenna, Revd. Jen Croft, Alice Pyke
Key Publication: Arweck, E. (2017) Young People's Attitudes to Religious Diversity. London: Routledge.

Evaluation of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation Face to Faith Project
Funding: Tony Blair Faith Foundation
Duration: 2009-2013
Researchers: Professor Robert Jackson, Dr Nigel Fancourt, Dr Julia Ipgrave,

Evaluation of the impact of the Tools 4 Trialogue inter faith dialogue programme on the understanding, attitudes and learning of 15-18 year old students
Funding: The Bible Society; The Three Faiths Forum
Duration: 2010-2011
Researcher: Dr Julia Ipgrave

Materials Used in Schools to Teach World Religions 
Funding: DCSF
Duration: 2008-2009
Researchers: Professor Robert Jackson, Professor Leslie J. Francis, Professor Eleanor Nesbitt, Dr Julia Ipgrave, Dr Mandy Robbins, Dr Ursula McKenna, Mary Hayward, Dr Barbara Wintersgill, Joyce Miller, Paul Hopkins, Dr Nigel Fancourt, Dr Bill Gent, Ann Casson
Key publications:Jackson, R., Ipgrave, J., Hayward, M., Hopkins, P., Fancourt, N., Robbins, M., Francis, L. J. and McKenna, U. (2010) Materials Used to Teach about World Religions in Schools in England. London: Department for Children, Schools and Families. Research Report DCSF-RR197ISBN 978 1 84775 634 3

Hayward, M. & Hopkins, P. (2010) Resources for Teaching about World Religions in English Schools: An Audit. London, Department for Education.

Interrogating the experience of Quaker scholars in Hindu and Sikh studies: spiritual journeying and academic engagement  
Duration: 2008 - 2009
Researcher: Professor Eleanor Nesbitt
Key publication: Nesbitt, E. (2010) Interrogating the experience of Quaker scholars in Hindu and Sikh studies: spiritual journeying and academic engagement, Quaker Studies, 14, 2, 134-158.

Prayer and the Religious Development of Young People
Duration: 2008-2009
Researcher: Dr Tania ap Sion

An Investigation into and promotion of the Spiritual Health of Students attending Church of England Secondary Schools
Duration: 2008
Researcher: Dr David Lankshear

Developing the Interpretive Approach to Religious Education through Action Research within a Community of Practice 
Funding: The Westhill Endowment Trust
Duration: 2007-2009
Amount: £20,000
Researchers: Professor Robert Jackson; Dr Julia Ipgrave; Dr Kevin O'Grady; Judith Everington; Joyce Miller; Linda Whitworth; Nigel Fancourt; Gemma O'Dell; Kate Gater, Karen van Coevorden; Amy Whittall
Key publication: Ipgrave, J., Jackson, R. and O'Grady, K. (Eds) (2009) Religious Education Research through a Community of Practice. Action Research and the Interpretive Approach, Munster, Waxmann. 

Religion as a Social Force in Europe (NORFACE)
Funding: Euresource programme
Amount: Euro 500,000 (total for the project) Euro 159,240 (Warwick element)
Duration: 2007-2010
Researchers: Professor Leslie J. Francis; Dr Emyr Williams 

Teenage Religion and Values
Duration: 2006-2010
Researchers: Professor Leslie J. Francis; Dr Mandy Robbins

Values, Religion and Human Rights
Duration: 2006-2007
Researchers: Professor Leslie J. Francis; Dr Mandy Robbins

Clergywomen
Duration: 2006-2008
Researchers: Dr Mandy Robbins

The Religious Identity Formation of Young People in Mixed Faith Families 
Funding: Arts and Humanities Research Council
Amount: £158,000
Duration: 2006-2009
Researchers: Professor Eleanor Nesbitt; Dr Elisabeth Arweck; Professor Robert Jackson
Key publications: Available here 

Religion in Education. A contribution to dialogue or a factor of conflict in transforming societies of European Countries 
Funding: European Commission Framework 6
Amount: Euro 1.2 million (between 9 universities)
Duration: 2006-2009
Researchers: (Warwick section of the project) Professor Robert Jackson; Ursula McKenna; Dr Kevin O'Grady; Dr Julia Ipgrave; Judith Everington; Dr Sean Neill.
Key publications: Knauth, T., Jozsa, D-P., Bertram-Troost, G. and Ipgrave, J. (Eds) Encountering Religious Pluralism in School and Society. A Qualitative Study of Teenage Perspectives in Europe, Munster, Waxmann
Valk, P., Bertram-Troost, G., Friederici, M. and Beraud, C. (Eds) (2009) Teenagers' Perspectives on the Role of Religion in their Lives, Schools and Societies. A European Quantitative Study, Munster, Waxmann.

Evaluation of Building E-Bridges: Interfaith Dialogue using ICT in Primary Schools
Funding: Westhill Endowment Trust
Duration: 2003-2007
Researchers: Professor Robert Jackson; Dr Julia Ipgrave; Dr Ursula McKenna.
Key publication: McKenna, U., Ipgrave, J. and Jackson, R. (2008) Inter Faith Dialogue in Primary Schools. An Evaluation of the Building E-Bridges Project, Munster, Waxmann.

Teaching about Religious Diversity in Schools. The use of Action Research to Apply and Develop the Interpretive Approach to the Study of Religions with Gifted and Talented Adolescents
Funding: The Farmington Institute for Christian Studies
Duration: 2006-2007
Researchers: Amy Whittall; Professor Robert Jackson

An Investigation into the place and future of Christianity in Religious Education with particular reference to Key Stage 3 in maintained community schools and schools with a religious character in England
Funding: All Saints Trust (Patrick V. Saxton Research Fellowship)
Duration: 2003-2006
Researchers: Mary Hayward; Professor Robert Jackson.
Key publication: Hayward, M. (2007) Christianity in Religious Education at Key Stage 3, WRERU Occasional Papers 4, Coventry, University of Warwick: WRERU.

The Dimension of Religious Diversity in Intercultural/Multicultural Education, Citizenship Education and Cognate Fields
Funding: St Peter's Saltley Trust and Gaydon Trust
Duration: 2003-2004
Researchers: Professor Robert Jackson; Ursula McKenna.
Key publication: Jackson, R, and McKenna, U. (2005) Intercultural Education and Religious Plurality, Oslo, The Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

Assessing the Approach of Sathya Sai Baba's Followers to Young People's Spiritual and Moral Development
Funding: Arts and Humanities Research Board (joint award Professor Robert Jackson/Dr Eleanor Nesbitt)
Amount: £46,395
Duration: 2003-2004
Researchers: Dr Elisabeth Arweck; Dr Eleanor Nesbitt
Key publication: Arweck, E., Nesbitt, E. and Jackson, R (2005) Common values for the common school? Using two values education programmes to promote "spiritual and moral development", Journal of Moral Education, 34(3), 325-42.
Arweck, E. and Nesbitt, E. (2007) Spirituality in Education: Promoting Children's Spiritual Development through Values, Journal of Contemporary Religion, 22(3), 311-326.
Arweck, E. and Nesbitt, E. (2008 forthcoming) ‘Peace and Non-Violence: Sathya Sai Education in Human Values in British schools’ Journal of Peace Education, 15, 1, March.

Fostering Spirituality in Late Modernity: Brahma Kumaris in the UK
Funding: Arts and Humanities Research Board
Amount: £40,596
Duration: 2001-2002
Researchers: Dr Eleanor Nesbitt, Dr Elisabeth Arweck
Key publications: Arweck, Elisabeth and Nebitt, Eleanor (2004) Living Values: An Educational programme: From Initiative to Uptake, British Journal of Religious Education, 26(2), 133-149.
Arweck, Elisabeth and Nesbitt, Eleanor (2004) Values Education: The Development and Classroom Use of an Educational Programme, British Educational Research Journal, 30(2), 245-61.
Arweck, Elisabeth and Nesbitt, Eleanor (2003) Researching a New Interface between Religions and Publicly Funded Schools in the UK International Journal for Children's Spirituality, 8(3), 239-254.

Inter-faith Dialogue in the Classroom as a Tool for Religious Education
Funding: All Saints Trust
Duration: 2000-2002
Researchers: Julia Ipgrave; Professor Robert Jackson.
Key publication: Ipgrave, J (2001) Pupil-to Pupil Dilaogue in the Classroom as a Tool for Religious Education, WRERU Occasional Papers 2, Coventry, University of Warwick: WRERU.

Religious Education for children with Special Educational Needs in the Mainstream Classroom
Funding: Dulverton and Gaydon Trusts
Duration: 2001
Researcher: Ursula McKenna.
Key publication: McKenna, U (2002) Towards an Inclusive Pedagogy for Religious Education in Primary Schools, WRERU Occasional Papers 3, Coventry, University of Warwick: WRERU.

New Religious Movements, Religious Education and Pastoral Care
Funding: Warwick University Research and Teaching Development Fund
Duration: 2000-2001
Researcher: Ann Henderson.
This research led to the application to the Arts and Humanities Research Board for the project Fostering Spirituality in Late Modernity: Brahma Kumaris in the UK.

Conference Grant: International Network for Inter-Religious and Inter-Cultural Education Seminar on 'Citizenship and Education - International Perspectives on Cultural and Religious Diversity', University of Warwick, September 2-5, 2001.
Funding: British Academy
Duration: September 2-5, 2001
Key publication: Jackson, R (ed)(2003) International Perspectives on Citizenship, Education and Religious Diversity, London: RoutledgeFalmer

The Life Histories of Students and Teachers of Religious Education
Funding: WRERU
Duration: 1998-2002
Researchers: Judith Everington; Dr Pat Sikes.
Key publications: Sikes, Pat and Everington, Judith (2004) '"I'm a woman before I'm an RE teacher": managing religious identity in secondary schools', Gender and Education (accepted for publication)
Sikes, Pat and Everington, Judith (2001) 'Becoming an RE teacher: a Life History approach', British Journal of Religious Education, 24 (1), 8-20

A Longitudinal Study of Hindu Young People in Coventry
Funding: The Leverhulme Trust
Duration: funded 1996-99
Researcher: Dr Eleanor Nesbitt.
Key publication: Nesbitt, E (1998) ‘British, Asian and Hindu: Identity, Self-Narration and the Ethnographic Interview’, Journal of Beliefs and Values, 19 (2), 189-200.

The Warwick RE Project
Duration: 1990-96
Co-Editors: Professor Robert Jackson and Judith Everington
Curriculum Developers: Judith Everington (Co-ordinator), Margaret Barratt, Jo Price, Geoff Robson, Carrie Mercier, Elizabeth Wayne, Dilip Kadodwala.
This project was the curriculum development component of 'Ethnography and Religious Education'. Publications: 'Bridges to Religions' Key Stage 1 and 2 books for pupils and teachers; Interpreting Religions Series for Key Stage 3.

Ethnography and Religious Education
Funding: Economic and Social Research Council
Duration: funded 1990-93. Project on-going to 2000
Researchers: Professor R Jackson, Eleanor Nesbitt, Peter Woodward
Key publications: Jackson, R (1997) Religious Education: An Interpretive Approach, London, Hodder and Stoughton; Nesbitt, E (2000) Sikh Children in Coventry, Leeds, Community Religions Project; Everington (1996a) ‘A Question of Authenticity: The Relationship between Educators and Practitioners in the Representation of Religious Traditions’, British Journal of Religious Education, 18 (2), 69-77. See also the curriculum books of the Warwick RE Project and listings of articles and book chapters based on the project in the full list of WRERU publications.

Punjabi Hindu Nurture
Funding: The Leverhulme Trust
Researcher: Dr Eleanor Nesbitt
Key publication: Nesbitt, E M (1991) My Dad’s Hindu. My Mum’s Side are Sikhs’: Issues in Religious Identity, Coventry, National Foundation for Arts Education.

Hindu Nurture in Coventry
Funding: The Leverhulme Trust
Researchers: Professor Robert Jackson, Dr Eleanor Nesbitt
Key publication: Jackson and Nesbitt (1993), Hindu Children in Britain, Trentham, Stoke on Trent.