The Christian Studies classroom is a learning environment in which students can explore a range of religious and non-religious perspectives they encounter in everyday life. Awareness and understanding of other people’s beliefs enrich students’ ability to make sense of the world and to reflect on their own beliefs and values. A collaborative learning environment acknowledges and respects that students have diverse backgrounds, needs, interests and learning styles. Students are mentored to:
- become articulate, empathic and discerning members of their communities
- listen to and identify the issues underlying discussion
- enter into open, respectful dialogue with people whose religious views are different
- develop an informed personal position.
The Christian Studies classroom is a supportive, inclusive and safe learning environment where students are encouraged to pose their own questions, gather, analyse and reflect on information and use it in meaningful ways. Learning experiences take into account students’ prior knowledge and makes connections with their understanding about the world.