Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit, University of Warwick, UK

The Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit (WRERU) was established in 1994, under the Directorship of Professor Robert Jackson, on the formation of the Institute of Education at the University of Warwick.

Current Projects

WRERU research studies are contributing to:

  • Research and development collaborations in Europe, Asia, Australasia, Southern Africa, and North America
  • Dissemination of research and development findings via the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations ‘Education about Religions and Beliefs' website
  • Dissemination of research and development through collaboration with the Council of Europe related European Wergeland Centre in Oslo
  • Council of Europe policy and practice on incorporating the dimension of religious diversity into intercultural education in 47 European states
  • an Organisation for Security and Co-operation project on producing international guiding principles for teaching about religions and beliefs for 56 participant states
  • EC policy on religion, education, dialogue and conflict through a Framework 6 research project
  • a project on Education for global freedom of religion or belief co-ordinated by the Oslo Coalition for Freedom of Religion or Belief
  • a major project for the UK Government's Department for Children, Schools and Families on materials used to teach about world religions in schools of all types in England
  • a major AHRC/ESRC research project in the ‘Religion and Society' programme, on young people's attitudes in the UK to religious diversity
  • the introduction of the interpretive approach to teaching and learning in religious education in countries including Britain, many European countries, Turkey, Canada, the USA, Japan and South Africa
  • religious education policy and practice in Europe and in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • knowledge and understanding of young people's values in the UK and Europe more widely
  • understanding of children's dialogue on religious, values and citizenship issues
  • understanding of various forms of faith-based education
  • understanding of religion in relation to health issues, including mental and psychological health
  • religious education in the locality of the University via the Coventry and Warwickshire Standing Advisory Councils for Religious Education

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