Relgion Essay

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Within the catholic education system, specifically the primary level, the importance of recognising religious developmental stages of students is required. These stages offer knowledge of how students of a particular age group react to certain teaching styles; as well as what they need in order to gain a higher understanding of the religious content being taught. An insight of the developmental stages is not only beneficial to students, but also to educators; as the stages can guide teachers in creating a lesson plan that will overall maximise the class’s comprehension of a topic. Teachers will also obtain the knowledge to assess whether students will react positively or negatively to a specific teaching approach. Throughout this essay the main features of each stage are present; along with activities that are considered effective as they include elements of Maria Montessori’s teaching principles. The three to six-year-old age group or as Montessori refers to the stage, as the absorbent mind; is an important age in which children are beginning to comprehend some aspects of religion. Gobbi (1998) suggests that throughout this stage adults are unable to intervene and must allow only peripheral assistance in order to maximise a child’s understanding. Young children learn effectively though senses; so the use of objects and activities that allow movement participation and an active approach are more suitable. At this age children are beginning to distinguish, classify, generalise and eventually will develop the ability to make abstractions about objects in the environment. A child’s religious growth at this age means that the children should be able to interpret the bible literally; the children often see God as human but get confused between God and Jesus. Spontaneous prayer and ritual is seen by the children as a natural way to express feelings, worries and care

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