Teaching Religious Education: The Ethics and Religious Culture Program as Case Study


  • Sabrina N. Jafralie McGill University
  • Arzina Zaver




Ethics and Religious Culture program, Professional Development, Religious literacy, Quebec, Teaching


Responding to religious diversity and the new reality of schooling, the Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) Program was introduced as a mandatory subject for all students in Quebec, Canada. Now in it's tenth year, the ERC has faced both challenges and successes in it's implementation. Though many studies have been written around the wider concepts of religious education and religious literacy in the public system, few studies have included voices from educators. Jafralie and Zaver's qualitative research study examines the potentials and struggles of the ERC Program, and by doing so, raise important considerations around the effective teaching of religion.

Author Biography

Sabrina N. Jafralie, McGill University

Dr. Sabrina Jafralie is a recognized specialist on the Quebec Ethics and Religious Culture course and has more than 17 years of teaching experience at the secondary and university levels, with experience in the Canadian and British educational systems. Dr. Jafralie is also the co-founder and the regional director in Quebec for the Centre for Civic Religious Literacy (CCRL). Her teaching background d and research on teachers




How to Cite

Jafralie, S. N., & Zaver, A. (2019). Teaching Religious Education: The Ethics and Religious Culture Program as Case Study. FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education, 5(1). https://doi.org/10.32865/fire201951136