Religious Education: What is a syllabus?



7a i). Define the term “syllabus” in the context of Religious Education.

Effective teaching is influenced by how well a teacher has prepared for the lesson before teaching starts. It starts with one’s interaction with the syllabus and its interpretation, the ability to make good schemes, lesson plans and the effective utilisation of learning resources. Thus in this endeavour, a syllabus or the curriculum/content to be taught becomes important.


In simple terms it can be defined as a prescribed course of study in a given subject or level. Burston and Green (1972) define it as: “a statement of the content of study – the amount of knowledge and the selection of knowledge which it is proposed that a pupil should acquire.”



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