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Cultural, religious and philosophical traditions in educational dialogue

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About this research strand

This strand focuses on the interaction of dialogue for educational purposes and religious, cultural and philosophical traditions in educational theory, institutions and practices. Within this broad remit, it has two focal threads: intra-tradition and inter-tradition:

  1. The first explores processes of dialogue, broadly conceived, as they pertain to personhood and identity formation within a given tradition, including the relationships between individuals, their identifications, and a range of educational outcomes.
  2. The second explores dialogue between distinct cultural, philosophical and religious traditions – both as practiced in formal and informal educational contexts, and as the foundations for the development of educational theories.

Strand Leaders

Daniel Moulin-Stozek & Farah Ahmed

The strand is co-convened by Dr Daniel Moulin-Stożek (University Lecturer) and Dr Farah Ahmed (Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship). Daniel’s previous research has explored adolescents’ identity negotiation in secondary schools; adolescents’ moral reasoning across different cultural contexts; the educational thought of Leo Tolstoy; and, the philosophical assumptions of multi-faith pedagogies for religious education.

Farah’s research interests lie in the intersections between educational dialogue, philosophies of Islamic education, 'Southern' theory, i.e. critical and indigenous research methodologies and personhood/character education. She is particularly interested in ontological, epistemological and theoretical frameworks and how these influence identity formation, classroom practice and teacher professional development.

Projects include

Rethinking Islamic education for British Muslim children.
Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship: 2020-2022, held by Dr Farah Ahmed.

This project is a philosophical investigation of dialogue in Islamic educational theory and an empirical study trialing dialogic pedagogy in UK madrasahs (supplementary schools).

The purposes of education in interfaith perspective

This symposium, supported by the Spalding Trust, will be convened at the Faculty of Education by Daniel Moulin-Stożek in June 2020. The full programme will be posted shortly.