School Students’ Thinking about Religion

Kent and Medway RE Hub members are invited to come to a research seminar hosted by the  National Institute for Christian Education Research (NICER)
Seminar:  School Students’ Thinking about Religion

  • Dr Elizabeth (Beth) Green from the CARDUS Think Tank, Toronto, Canada
  • Professor Berry Billingsley from the Learning about Science and Religion Project (LASAR)

Professor Berry Billingsley


Equipped with a degree in physics, Berry’s first career was with the BBC creating

science stories for Tomorrow’s World, Blue Peter and Science in Action. This prompted what has become a lifetime interest in the impacts of science communication and education on how people think about the relationships between science and religion. The LASAR (Learning about Science and Religion) Research Project was set up in 2009, led by the University of Reading in collaboration with the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. LASAR’s new home is Canterbury Christ Church University where

Berry is now Professor of Science Education. For more about LASAR ‐ see

Berry will speak about her work in developing practical strategies for supporting children in thinking about the Big Questions which arise when children encounter the intersection between science and religion.

Dr Beth Green


Beth is a UK citizen now based near Toronto in Canada, where she is Program Director for

Education at Cardus ( education) a social policy think tank dedicated to the renewal of social architecture in North America. She previously directed the National Centre for Christian Education at Liverpool Hope University, where she also ran the Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD). Beth has an international reputation for her expertise in religious school ethos; leadership and management; teaching and learning and social theory in education. She is a good friend of NICER and played a leading role in the research that resulted in the recently published book

Christian Faith in English Church Schools: Research Conversation with Classroom Teachers (Peter Lang, 2016).

Beth will speak about the major survey of graduates from North American Christian schools for which she is responsible. This work is unique in the world and generates insights of international relevance.

Monday 12 December 20164 pm – 6 pm

4.00 pm Refreshments

4.10 pm Introduction and Welcome

4.15 pm  Professor Berry Billingsley”  Developing Children’s Insight: Science and Religion in Education

4.45 pm Dr Beth Green: Educating to Love Your Neighbour: Reporting on the Impact of North American Christian Schools

5.15 pm Discussion and Q&A 6.00 pm Close

Room 0f50, The Old Sessions House, Canterbury Christ Church University  CT1 1PL

Canterbury, United Kingdom | Room 0f50, The Old Sessions House, Canterbury Christ Church University
Monday, 12 December 2016 from 16:00 to 18:00 (GMT)

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