Reflecting on the Teaching of Islam in Religious Education Teacher Education Programme at the University of Zambia

  • Joseph Chita The University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia

Abstract

The research was aimed at establishing how Islam was taught. A historical inquiry complemented by thematic analysis of the phenomena helped in drawing meanings and inferences. Findings revealed that Islam was descriptively taught (indefinite model) through lecture methods, alongside having (occasional) quest speakers. I argue that while the content introduced diverse aspects of Islam, trainee teachers were not adequately equipped on how to deliver the subject content. This resulted in selective teaching of the content on Islam. The question of who is qualified to teach Islam in a public university remained unresolved. An explicit and responsive teaching model would do.

Author Biography

Joseph Chita, The University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia

Joseph Chita teaches in the Department of Religious Studies, School of Education at the University of Zambia. His research interests include themes on Religion and Education in the public space.

References


  • Carmody, B. P. (1997). RS 102 – Introduction to Religious Studies. Lusaka: IDE – UNZA Press.

  • Central Statistical Office (CSO), Ministry of Health (MOH), Tropical Diseases Research Centre (TDRC), University of Zambia, and Macro International Inc. (2009). Zambia Demographic and Health Survey 2007. Calverton, Maryland, USA: CSO and Macro International Inc.

  • Cheyeka, A. M. (2012). “Zambia, a Christian nation”: An Incentive for Muslim Identity and Christian-Muslim Dialogue. Boleswa: Journal of Theology, Religion and Philosophy, 4(1), 45–69.

  • Flynn, E. (1997). The Establishment of Religious Studies as a Separate Discipline at the University of Zambia. Unpublished manuscript.

  • Mulando, E. C. (2012). The Status of Religious Education in Selected High Schools in Kitwe Town. Retrieved from http://dspace.unza.zm:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/2002

  • Phiri, F. J. (2008). Muslim Association and the Resurgence of Islam in Zambia. Lusaka: FENZA with Lembani Trust.

  • Proposal for a minor programme in Religious Studies (Paper SE/80/07). Unpublished document.

  • Minutes of the 26th Meeting of School of Education Academic Board (February, 28, 1985).

  • The training of teachers for senior secondary Religious Education. (1982, July). (Letter 26th written by Secretary of the Committee on the provision of Religious Studies, addressed to the Chair, Religious Education Curriculum Committee at the Ministry of General Education and Culture).

  • U.S. Department of State. (2016). Zambia: 2016 International Religious Freedom Report. Retrieved from https://www.state.gov/documents/organization/268954.pdf

  • President Lungu applauds the Muslim community. (2018, June 16). Zambia News and Information Services. Retrieved from https://www.lusakatimes.com/2018/06/16/president-lungu-applauds-the-muslim-community/

Published
2018-09-30
How to Cite
CHITA, Joseph. Reflecting on the Teaching of Islam in Religious Education Teacher Education Programme at the University of Zambia. Changing Societies & Personalities, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 3, p. 285-291, sep. 2018. ISSN 2587-8964. Available at: <https://changing-sp.com/ojs/index.php/csp/article/view/50>. Date accessed: 16 dec. 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.15826/csp.2018.2.3.047.