chapter  4
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A methodology for conceptual enquiry in religious education

The research of the Children and Worldviews Project Effective learning involves young people speaking their mind but in a serious and informed way. For this to happen we must draw on their experience and provide material or narratives beyond their experience for them to consider and respond to. In the section that follows I present some research conducted by the Children and Worldviews Project that shows what children are capable of by drawing on their own experience and seeking to make sense of it. We shall then consider how this affects the way in which we consider how what we present to children as further material engages with their narratives, can enlarge their perspectives, enrich their reflections and progress their learning in religious education and,hopefully, beyond.

Children’s voices This research took place with 6-10-year-old children, beginning with my own daughter, between 1992 and 1997. It provides a thread of conversations around the concept of loss and shows how children relate their narratives to that concept.