- The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Education
- Religion, Privatization, and American Educational Policy
- Secularism and Religion in American Education
- Pluralism in Religion and American Education
- Religious Literacy in American Education
- Religious Liberty in American Education
- Democracy, Religion, and American Education
- Faith Development
- Moral Education
- Religious Education in the Traditions
- Religious Education Between the Traditions
- Private Religious Schools
- Religion and Homeschooling
- Public Funding of Private Religious Schools
- Religiously Affiliated Charter Schools
- Law and Religion in American Education
- Religious Expression in Public Schools
- Religion and the Public School Curriculum
- The Bible and American Public Schools
- Religion, Extracurricular Activities, and Access to Public School Facilities
- Religious Freedom, Common Schools, and the Common Good
- Religion in Mainline and Independent Private Higher Education
- Evangelical Higher Education
- Catholic Higher Education
- Religion and Spirituality in Public Higher Education
- Theological Education
- Religion, Spirituality, and College Students
- Religion, Spirituality, and College Faculty
- Teaching Religious Studies
- Teaching About Religion Outside of Religious Studies
- Campus Ministry
Abstract and Keywords
In the Introduction, co-editors Michael D. Waggoner and Nathan C. Walker articulate the purpose of The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Education, which is to examine the current state of religion and American education from homeschooling to private religious schools to public schools to religious institutions and on through the range of public and private higher education. They explain that the book is organized into five sections: Frameworks; Lifespan Faith Development; Faith-Based K-12 education; Religion and Public Schools; and Religion and Higher Education. Within these sections forty leading scholars in the field of religion and education, review these topics in thirty chapters. The contributors offer an in-depth synthesis of major issues within the field, while contributing to lively debates about the links between landmark research contributions and contemporary research agendas. Designed for an interdisciplinary audience, the Oxford handbook serves as a legacy project for leading scholars who are critically shaping the future direction of the field of religion and American education.
Michael D. Waggoner, PhD, is professor of Education at the University of Northern Iowa, where he teaches in the Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs graduate program. His principal scholarly interests center on religion and spirituality in education. He is in his eighteenth year serving as editor for the peer-reviewed journal Religion & Education. He is also editor of the book series “Research in Religion and Education” for Routledge Books. He is a past chair of the Religion and Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association and is co-chair of the Religion in the Public Schools: International Perspectives Group of the American Academy of Religion. He is an invited member of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values, an association of 240 scholars from thirty-six countries who study religion and education. His most recent books are Sacred and Secular Tensions in Higher Education (Routledge, 2011) and Religion in the Public Schools: Negotiating the New Commons (Rowman and Littlefield, 2013).
Nathan C. Walker is the executive director of 1791 Delegates, a consortium of constitutional and human rights experts who consult on issues of religion and public life. Walker is the author of Cultivating Empathy: The Worth and Dignity of Every Person—Without Exception (Skinner House Press, 2016) and Exorcising Preaching: Crafting Intellectually Honest Worship (Chalice Press, 2014). He is the co-editor with Edwin J. Greenlee of Whose God Rules? Is the United States a Secular Nation or a Theolegal Democracy? (Palgrave MacMillan, 2011). He is a contributing author to The Oxford Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion, edited by Paul Djupe (Oxford University Press, 2019); Religion in American Education: A Legal Encyclopedia, edited by Charles J. Russo (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019); and co-author with Lyal S. Sunga of Promoting and Protecting the Universal Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief through Law (International Development Law Organization, 2017). Formerly a resident fellow in law and religion at Harvard Divinity School, Walker received his doctorate in law, education, and religion from Columbia University, where he received his Master of Arts and Master of Education degrees. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary and is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. His website is www.ReligionAndPubliclife.com.
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