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Project Outputs

A major outcome of the project will be enhanced research capacity and excellence within quantitative and qualitative approaches to empirical research in religion among young people. This research will be of major interest to government departments concerned with the role of religion in shaping society; to churches and faith communities concerned both with internal development and with assessing their impact on society; to head teachers and governors, to RE and Citizenship teachers and professional organisations concerned with curriculum development related to the needs and perspectives of young people.

Publication abstracts

A list of publication abstracts can be accessed here  

Seminars

Dr Elisabeth Arweck and Dr Julia Ipgrave, WRERU Public seminar on qualitative research ‘Young people's attitudes towards religious diversity: impressions from the field’ at the Institute of Education, University of Warwick, November 30th 2010, 6pm. A summary of this seminar can be read here(Word Document).

Dr Julia Ipgrave, ‘How the particularity of local context challenge national approaches to education for religious tolerance: questions raised by qualitative fieldwork with teenagers across the UK’ Warwick: Institute of Education Seminar, 23 March 2011.

Dr Elisabeth Arweck “Religious Diversity in the UK: How the Attitudes and Views of 13–16-Year-Old Students Interact with their Own (Non-)Religious Identities”, lecture presented as part of the ‘Critical Thinkers in Religion, Law and Social Theory’ Series & Worshop on ‘Youth, Religion, and Identity: A Canadian and International Workshop’, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, University of Ottawa, Canada, 16 October 2014.

Dr Elisabeth Arweck Part of panel ‘Religion and Educaion: International Perspectives’, part of the Worshop on ‘Youth, Religion, and Identity: A Canadian and International Workshop’, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, University of Ottawa, Canada, 17 October 2014.

Conference papers 2014

Elisabeth Arweck “Religious Diversity as a Personal and Social Value: Impressions from a Multi-cultural school in
London”, Religion and Society Research Seminar, Durham, 26 February 2014.

Julia Ipgrave ‘How the multi-ethnic, multi-religious situation has been dealt with in England: the case of education’ (Keynote) at Religious Culture in Daily Life: Focusing of Precepts, Kokugakuin University, Tokyo, 13th March 2014.

Elisabeth Arweck “Moderated Religion? Young People’s Attitudes and Perceptions of ‘Extreme’ Religion as Mediated by the Media”, international conference on “Moderation and its Discontents: Religion, Rights and Social Justice”, 23–25 June 2014, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK.

Elisabeth Arweck “’I’ve been christened, but I don’t really believe in it’: How Young People Articulate their (Non-)Religious Identities and Perceptions of (Non-)Belief, part of session on “Social Identities Between the Sacred and the Secular: Method and Theory for a Space in Crisis”, annual conference , BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group, 2–4 July 2014, University of Sussex, Brighton, Conference Theme: “Religion and Crisis”.

Elisabeth Arweck “Reverberations of the Events of 9/11? Young People’s Attitudes to Religious Diversity in Wales”, part of session on “Youth and Religiosity/Religion in Europe in Times of Crisis”, annual conference , BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group, 2–4 July 2014, University of Sussex, Brighton, Conference Theme: “Religion and Crisis”.

Elisabeth Arweck “Religious Diversity in the UK: Do 13–16-Year-Old Pupils Perceive it as a Site of Multiple Intersections?”, International Seminar on Religious Education and Values (ISREV) XIX, “At Multiple Intersections: Religious Education and Gender, Class, ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Disability”, 27 July–1 August, 2014, York, UK.

Elisabeth Arweck, with Alexander Yendell “Young People’s Attitudes towards Islam after 9/11: An Empirical Analysis Based on Quantitative and Qualitative Data”, ESA Sociology of Religion Research Network, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 3-5 September 2014.

Elisabeth Arweck ”Young People’s Articulation of (Non-)Religious Identities and their Perceptions of (Non-)Belief: What are the Implications for Religious Education?”, paper pesented within Symposium on “Religion and Religious Education: Past, Present and Future in Europe” ECER Conference 2014, Porto, Portugal, 2–5 September 2014, Conference theme: “The Past, Present and Future of Educational Research in Europe”.

Conference papers 2013

Elisabeth Arweck “Religion Materialised in the Everyday: Young People’s Attitudes towards Material Expressions of Religion” BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group, annual conference, Durham, conference theme: ‘Material Religion’ 9–11 April 2013.

Julia Ipgrave ‘I still feel “Oh Yeah, I’m Hindu”’: teenage diaspora identity in an English city’, at European Network for Religious Education through Contextual Approaches Symposium: location, space and place of religion in relation to religious education. Gothenburg, 21st – 23rd May. 2013.

Elisabeth Arweck “Which Agents or Factors have a Socialising Effect on Young People’s Approaches to Religion and Religious Diversity?”, paper presented in the thematic session on ‘Religious Diversity and Religions and Beliefs Education’, convened by Gary Bouma & Anna Halafoff, 32nd bi-annual SISR/ISSR (International Society of the Sociology of Religion) conference, Turku, Finland, conference theme: ‘Rethinking Community: Religious Continuities and Mutations in Late Modernity’ 27–30 June 2013.

Julia Ipgrave ‘Jewish identity and inter religious understanding in Jewish schools in England’ at Judaïsme et Education: institutions, curriculum et pratiques novatrices, Colloque International, Montréal, 2nd-4th October 2013

Elisabeth Arweck “Religious Diversity in the UK: Attitudes and Views of 13–16–Year–Old Students”, paper presented at the annual meeting of the Religionssektion in der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie, Wittenberg, Germany, 22–24 November 2013.

Conference papers 2012

Julia Ipgrave, ‘Young People’s Religious Dialogue’ Tony Blair Faith Foundation Face to Faith Annual Co-ordinators Conference, The Kensington Hotel London, 1 February 2012.

Robert Jackson, ‘Religious Education and Human Rights’, Westminster Faith Debate (AHRC /ESRC Religion and Society Programme) with Prof Richard Dawkins et al. ‘What's the Place of Faith in Schools? Westminster, London, 22 February 2012.

Elisabeth Arweck, BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group conference, Chester: “A Sense of Belonging or a Sense of Being Marginalised? Young People’s Perceptions of Religious Diversity in Relation to their Own Stances”, conference theme: ‘Religion and (In) Equalities’ 28-30 March 2012.

Alice Pyke, BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group conference, Chester: “Christian affiliation, Christian practice, and attitudes to religious diversity: A quantitative analysis among 13- to 15 yr old female students”, conference theme: ‘Religion and (In) Equalities’ 28-30 March 2012.

Leslie Francis ‘Schools with religious character and preparation for life in a religiously diverse society: An empirical enquiry among 13- to 15-year-old students in the UK’. Paper presented at the conference of the International Society for Empirical Research in Theology, Nijmegen, Netherlands, 19-21 April 2012.

Julia Ipgrave, “Civic Enculturation and Citizenship in North America and Western Europe: Politics, Public Ethics, and the New Religious Pluralism.” Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs at Boston University Colloquium, 19-20 April 2012.

Robert Jackson ‘RU 4 EC RE? Research and European Policy Making on Religious Education: Taking account of young people’s views in developing the subject’, National Association of Standing Advisory Councils for Religious Education (NASACRE), Keynote, AGM, London 23 May 2012.

Julia Ipgrave, “Negotiating Religion”, Workshop Series at UCL (panel member), 12 June 2012.

Julia Ipgrave, ‘Interfaith dialogue and the English model of establishment in nation, parish and school’ at “Religion and Dialogue in Modern Societies. Interdisciplinary and internationally comparative studies on the possibilities and limitations of interreligious and intercultural dialogue” 13-15 June, University of Hamburg.

Leslie Francis ‘Young people’s attitudes toward religious diversity in Wales today: An empirical enquiry’. Paper presented at the working group of the National Advisory Panel for Religious Education (Wales), Llandudno, UK, 25 June 2012.

Leslie Francis ‘Young people’s attitudes toward religious diversity in Wales’. Paper presented to the Wales Association of SACREs, Conwy, UK, 26 June 2012.

Elisabeth Arweck ‘Religious Diversity in the UK: Attitudes and Views of 13–16 Year Old Students’, Bi-annual conference of the International Seminar for Religious Education and Values (ISREV), Turku, Finland, 29 July – 3 August 2012.

Leslie Francis, “Attitudes to religious diversity: Quantitative approaches from psychology and empirical theology”, International Seminar for Religious Education and Values (ISREV), Turku, Finland, 29 July – 3 August 2012.

Alice Pyke, ‘Christian affiliation, Christian practice, and attitudes to religious diversity: a quantitative analysis among 13 to 15 year-old female students, International Seminar for Religious Education and Values (ISREV), Turku, Finland, 29 July – 3 August 2012.

Robert Jackson, ‘Learning about Religions and Non-religious Worldviews: European Research Findings and Ongoing Policy Development in the Council of Europe’, International Seminar on Religious Education and Values (ISREV) Conference, Turku, Finland, 29 July – 3 August 2012.

Robert Jackson ‘Education about Religions and Beliefs within a Human Rights Framework: European Policy Recommendations and Research’, keynote lecture, European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) conference on “What is religious and spiritual education good for?”, Nijmegen, Netherlands, Thursday 23 August, 2012.

R Jackson, E. Arweck, and L. J. Francis ‘Young People’s Attitudes to Religious Diversity Project’. AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme Conference on ‘New Forms of Public Religion’, Cambridge, England, September 5-7, 2012.

Julia Ipgrave presentation ‘Religious Education, quoi et pourquoi? Les débats anglais’ at conference ‘Ecole et enseignement des faits religieux: objectifs et programmes’, Institut Européen en Sciences et Religions & Centre International d’Etudes Pédagogiques, Paris 19-21 September 2012

Robert Jackson, Towards a Road Map for Disseminating Policy on Learning about Religions and Non-religious Worldviews in Europe, CoGREE/ICCS conference, Klingenthal, France, 9th October 2012.

L. J. Francis, Schools with a religious character and preparation for life in a religiously diverse society, Klingenthal Colloquy on ‘Social Cohesion, Religion and Education in the Context of Europe’, inter-European Commission on Church and School and Co-ordinating Groups for Religion in Education in Europe, October 8-12, 2012.

Julia Ipgrave ‘Religious Education in England: the influence of British Islam’ open lecture, University of Boston 11 October, 2012

L. J. Francis and A. Village, Attitudes toward religious diversity among 13- to 15-year-old students in Catholic and Protestant schools in Northern Ireland. Society for Scientific Study of Religion, annual conference, Phoenix Arizona, USA, November 9-11, 2012.

A. Village and L. J. Francis, Assessing out-group prejudice among 13- to 15-year-old students in Northern Ireland. Society for Scientific Study of Religion, annual conference, Phoenix Arizona, USA, November 9-11, 2012.

Robert Jackson ‘Synergy between Recent Empirical Research in the UK and Europe with the Council of Europe Ministerial Recommendation on teaching about religions and beliefs’, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 4-7 December 2012

Robert Jackson ‘Empirical Research and Pedagogical Practice: Findings from the EC REDCo Project and the AHRC/ESRC Project on Young People’s Attitudes Towards Religious Diversity in the UK’ Nordic conference on understanding of the globalized world – history, civics, geography and religious education, University of Karlstad, Sweden, 11-14 December 2012.

Conference papers 2011

Julia Ipgrave ‘How the particularity of local context challenge national approaches to education for religious tolerance: questions raised by qualitative fieldwork with teenagers across the UK’ Warwick Institute of Education Seminar, 23 March 2011

Elisabeth Arweck “Capturing Young People’s Views of Religious Diversity: How do Method and Theory Conjoin?” BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group, annual conference, Birmingham, conference theme: ‘Religion and Social Theory: Developing a New Agenda for the Sociology of Religion’ 11-13 April 2011

Julia Ipgrave ‘Religion, Education and Locality’, European Network for Religious Education through Contextual Approaches Conference, The Royal Foundation of St Katharine’s, Limehouse, London 12 – 15 May 2011

R. Jackson ‘Council of Europe Policy on the Religious Dimension of Intercultural Education’, “Teaching Intercultural Dialogue and Religious Diversity in the Euro-Mediterranean”, North–South Centre and The Ismaili Centre, Lisbon, Portugal, 16 May 2011.

Julia Ipgrave ‘Educating Muslims in the UK’ CREME national conference, Institute of Education London 4 June 2011.

R. Jackson ‘Education about Religions and Beliefs within a Human Rights Framework:European Policy Recommendations and Research’, Keynote lecture at ‘Global Migration and Multiculturalism: Religion, Society, Policy and Politics’, Joint international multidisciplinary conference of the Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (CRONEM), University of Surrey, and VU Institute for the Study of Religion, Culture and Society (VISOR), Free University Amsterdam, 28 June, 2011.

Elisabeth Arweck “How Do Young People View Religious Diversity? Impressions from Focus Group Discussions with 13–16Year Old Students in the UK”, in Working Group on‘Religious Diversity, Transnational Migration, and the Imperatives of Economic Development: Canada and Other High Development Countries’, organised by Peter Beyer and Lori Beaman, 31st bi-annual conference of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion (ISSR/SISR), Aix-En-Provence, France, Conference theme: ‘Religion and Economy in a Global World’ 30 June – 3 July 2011

R. Jackson ‘Religion, Society and Education: Issues about Religions and Education in the UK and Europe’, keynote lecture, Conference on:‘Religion in Education: Findings from the Religion and Society Programme’, Conference organised by AHRC/ESRC Religion & Society Programme & Warwick Religions & Education Research Unit (WRERU), University of Warwick, 25 July 2011.

Elisabeth Arweck and Julia Ipgrave “Young People’s Attitudes to Religious Diversity from the Perspective of the Qualitative Data”, ‘Religion in Education’ conference, organised by WRERU on behalf of the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society programme, University of Warwick, UK 25-26 July 2011

Leslie Francis, Jennifer Croft, Alice Pyke & Mandy Robbins “Researching attitudes towards Religious Diversity: Quantitative approaches from social psychology and Empirical Theology”, ‘Religion in Education’ conference, organised by WRERU on behalf of the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society programme, University of Warwick, UK 25-26 July 2011

R. Jackson ‘Issues in Religious Education within Public Education in the United Kingdom’, Conference on ‘How to teach to believe: Nation building and teaching religion in contemporary Europe’, University of Brescia, Italy, 23 September 2011.

R.Jackson ‘Why Education about Religions and Beliefs? European Policy Recommendations and Research’, Keynote lecture, conference: Toward Mutual Ground: Religious Education, Education and Diversity, Irish Centre for Religious Education, Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin City University, 21st October 2011.

Julia Ipgrave ‘School ethos, RE and the relationship between secular and religious in Education’, at A Place for Faith (Schools)?, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford 22nd October 2011.

Elisabeth Arweck “Young People’s Views and Conceptions of Religious Diversity: What Can We Extrapolate from the Local to the National?”, in session on ‘Religion and Adolescence: Empirical Studies in Religious Diversity’, organised by Leslie Francis and Mandy Robbins, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, annual conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, conference theme: ‘Research in the Scientific Study of Religion: From the Local to the Cross-National, 28-30 October 2011

Jen Croft & Leslie Francis “Religious diversity, empathy and god images: perspectives on the psychology of religion and empirical theology shaping a study among adolescents in the UK”, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, annual conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, conference theme: ‘Research in the Scientific Study of Religion: From the Local to the Cross-National, 27-30 October 2011

Leslie Francis & Jen Croft “Christian affiliation, Christian practice, and attitudes to religious diversity: a quantitative analysis among 13-15 year old female students”, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, annual conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, conference theme: ‘Research in the Scientific Study of Religion: From the Local to the Cross-National, 27-30 October 2011

Conference papers 2010

R. Jackson, ‘An outline of a mixed methods research project on UK young people’s attitudes to religious diversity’. American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, Task Force on Religion and Public Education, 30 October 2010.

R. Jackson, ‘An outline of a mixed methods research project on UK young people’s attitudes to religious diversity’. International Symposium on Didactics in Social Studies, University of Karlstad, Sweden, November 30th 2010.

Selected publications

Books

Arweck, E. (Ed.) (2017) Young People's Attitudes to Religious Diversity. London: Routledge.

Jackson, R. (2014) ‘Signposts’: Policy and Practice for Teaching about Religions and Non-Religious Worldviews in Intercultural Education, Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing.

Arweck, E. and Jackson, R. (Eds.) (2014) Religion, Education and Society: Young People, Religious Identity, Socialisation and Diversity, London: Routledge.

Chapters

Francis, L. J., Village, A., McKenna, U., & Penny, G. (2018). Freedom of religion and freedom of religious clothing and
symbols in school: Exploring the impact of church schools in a religiously diverse society. In H.-G. Ziebertz & C. Serkens (Eds.), Religion and civil human rights in empirical perspective (pp. 157-175). Dordrecht: Springer.

Arweck, E. (2016). Religious diversity in the UK: Do 13–16-year-old pupils perceive it as a site of multiple intersections? In L. J. Francis & J. Astley (Eds.), Diversity and intersectionality: Studies in religion, education and values (pp. 49–66). Oxford: Peter Lang.

Arweck, E. (2013). I’ve been christened, but I don’t really believe in it: How young people articulate their (non-)religious identities and perceptions of (non-)belief. In A. Day, C. R. Cotter, & G. Vincett (Eds), Social identities between the scared and the secular (pp. 103-125). Farnham: Ashgate.

Journal articles

Francis, L. J., & McKenna, U. (2017). The religious and social correlates of Muslim identity: An empirical enquiry into
religification among male adolescents in the UK. Oxford Review of Education, 43, 550-565.

Francis, L. J., ap Siôn, T., McKenna, U., & Penny, G. (2017). Does Religious Education as an examination subject work to promote community cohesion? An empirical enquiry among 13- to 15-year-old adolescents in England and Wales. British Journal of Religious Education, 39, 303-316.

ap Siôn, T. (2017). Seeing how we see each other: Learning from quantitative research among young people in the UK. Journal of Beliefs and Values, 38, 305-317.

Francis, L. J., Pyke, A., & Penny, G. (2015). Christian affiliation, Christian practice, and attitudes to religious
diversity: A quantitative analysis among 13- to 15-year-old female students in the UK. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 30, 249-263.

Arweck, E., & Penny, G. (2015). Young people’s attitudes to religious diversity: Socialising agents and factors
emerging from qualitative and quantitative data of a nation-wide project in the UK. Journal of Intercultural Studies,
36, 255-273.

Francis, L. J., ap Sion, T., & Penny, G. (2014). Is belief in God a matter of public concern in contemporary Wales? An empirical enquiry concerning religious diversity among 13- to 15- year-old males. Contemporary Wales, 27, 40-57.

Francis, L. J., & Village, A. (2014). Church schools preparing adolescents for living in a religiously diverse society: An empirical enquiry in England and Wales. Religious Education, 109, 264-283.

Francis, L. J., Penny, G and Pyke, A (2013) Young atheists’ attitudes toward religious diversity: a study among13- to 15-year-old males in the UK. Theo-Web 12, 57-78.

Ipgrave, J. (2012) Three challenges to common understanding of the role of RE in promoting religious tolerance, Resource, 35 (1), 10-13.

Ipgrave, J. (2012) ‘Relationships between local patterns of religious practice and young people’s attitudes to the religiosity of their peers’ Journal of Beliefs and Values 33 (3), December, 261-274.

Arweck, E. & Jackson, R., eds. (2012). ‘Editorial: Religion in education: findings from the Religion and Society Programme’, Journal of Beliefs and Values, 33 (3), December, 253–259.

Leslie J. Francis, Jennifer Croft, Alice Pyke, and Mandy Robbins (2012) ‘Young people’s attitudes to religious diversity: Quantitative approaches from social and empirical theology’, Journal of Beliefs and Values 33 (3), December, 279-292.

Leslie J. Francis, Jennifer S. Croft & Alice Pyke (2012) ‘Religious diversity, empathy, and God images: Perspectives from the psychology of religion shaping a study among adolescents in the UK’, Journal of Beliefs and Values 33 (3), December, 293-307.

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