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Dr Kate Christopher

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
School of Education
Areas of Expertise:
Education and teaching
Courses taught:

Part of the Initial Teacher Training team at ARU, Kate’s area of expertise is in education, teacher education and teacher’s professional identity.

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Kate’s work is in Philosophy of Education, focusing on the nature and purpose of Religious Education in the school curriculum.

Research interests
  • Teacher’s identity as curriculum creators
  • The ‘educational knowledge’ (Bernstein) underpinning the curriculum

Kate teaches on the Key Professional Skills modules.

  • M.Theol (Hons)
  • PGCE in Secondary Religious Education
  • MA in Gender, Education and International Development
  • PhD in Philosophy of Education
Selected recent publications

Christopher, K. and Revell, L (2024) Islam as Educational Knowledge: challenges and barriers to the development of a Religion and Worldviews approach to teaching Islam in Schools in Journal of Beliefs & Values, 28 Feb 2024: https://doi.org/10.1080/13617672.2024.2315404

Christopher, K., Orchard, J., Brown, A. and Lewin, D. (2023) Reframing curriculum for religious education, Journal of Curriculum Studies, Vol 55, 2023- Issue 14, https://doi.org/10.1080/00220272.2023.2226696

Christopher, K. and Revell, L (2023) Islamophobia and a Religion and Worldviews Approach. Elton- Chalcraft, S. (ed.) Teaching RE Creatively, Routledge

Christopher, K. (2023) What are we doing and how do we do it? A skills and knowledge audit for a multidisciplinary study, Sheehan, H. (ed.) Mentoring Religious Education Teachers in the Secondary School, Routledge

Christopher, K. (2022) Climate, Social Justice and an Education in Power. in Journal of Religious Education, 26 September 2022: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40839-022-00189-3

Christopher, K (2022) A Last Word to Mark Chater, Trevor Cooling and Marius Felderhof from an Educationalist in Journal of Beliefs and Values, Vol 43, Issue 3 (2022)

Christopher, K. and Revell, L (2021) Worldviews and diversity: freedom of expression and teaching about the mosque’ in Journal of Religious Education, 69, 297- 310 (2021)

Christopher, K. (2020) Don’t panic, it’s just change: an educational aim for Religion and Worldviews in Chater, M. (ed.) Reforming Religious Education: Power and Knowledge in a Worldviews Curriculum, John Catt

Christopher, K. (2020) How does change happen? curriculum, context, progression, in Chater, M. (ed.) Reforming Religious Education: Power and Knowledge in a Worldviews Curriculum, John Catt

Christopher, K., Orchard, J., Wright, K., McKeown Jones., S, Williams, A. and Jackson Royal, R. (2018) RE and good community relations: What can RE learn from social psychology? A Toolkit for Teachers of RE, NATRE