Teaching about Mystery

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 18:00 in Discussion Forums

Where: Hilton Hotel, Neville Street, Leeds, LS1 4BX
Time: 6:00pm
With: Mark Plater, Lecturer, Education and Religion at Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln

Abstract:

In this workshop Mark will argue that children are born with a natural and intuitive responsiveness to mysterious phenomena and experiences, but that our education system (and, to some extent, our contemporary society) encourages them to ignore what can’t be explained, and to focus on whatever can be accounted for within the confines of empirical science. He will propose that school and higher education studies ought to consider these issues, and will offer some tentative guidelines on how this might be done.

Biography of Mark Plater

Mark lectures in Education and Religion at Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln, and has a special interest in teaching about mystery and the mysterious, with a research focus on Hallowe’en. He is also very keen on students experiencing religions first hand, so offers numerous student field visits, including extended trips to London, Turkey and India. Mark initially spent ten years as a secondary Religious Education teacher in the UK and north India, and then moved into advisory work for more than a decade. He then spent four years as a diocesan Director of Education before moving into higher education, first at St Martin’s College Lancaster, and then in Lincoln. He lives in the Nottingham area with his (grown up!) family.

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