Design Principles for the Religion Curriculum P-12
The Religion Curriculum P-12 has been developed around four design principles: embracing a Catholic Christian Worldview; modelling a Seamless Curriculum; setting a clear Pedagogical Direction; and strengthening Alignment.
Catholic Christian Worldview
The content of the Religion Curriculum P-12 unambiguously reflects a Catholic Christian worldview that integrates faith, life and culture. Where possible, content embraces an ecumenical perspective and is responsive to the multi-faith context and reality of contemporary religion classrooms.
The Religion Curriculum P-12 reflects the philosophy, content, focus, structure, academic rigour and assessment and reporting modes used in all other learning areas.
The pedagogical direction of the Religion Curriculum P-12 is consistent with the BCE Model of Pedagogy (2012) and draws significantly on John Hattie’s research, Visible Learning (2009), and the visible learning and teaching story outlined in Visible Learning for Teachers (2012).
The Religion Curriculum P-12 promotes inquiry learning, a learner centred pedagogical approach to learning and teaching, that aligns closely with the directions taken in the Australian Curriculum.
The content of the strands and sub-strands of the Religion Curriculum P-12 closely aligns with the components and elements of the Religious Life of the School P-12.