Religious Education: What is the place of charts in the teaching of Religious Education?

CHAPTER FIVE

5a vi). Examine the place of charts in the teaching of Religious Education and their usefulness

Charts

A chart is a combination of written or drawn pictorial or graphic material which presents a clear visual summary in tabulated or methodical form. Charts are either teacher-made or ready-made. Where possible it is recommended that teachers make their own charts incorporating their personal ideas and lines of approach in communication. If possible the teacher should involve learners in preparation of charts.

Examples of some charts used in R.E are pie charts, graphs, pictorial charts, diagrams,
time line and line charts.

Uses of charts

Charts can be used to:

  • direct learnersattention when it is needed most, e.g. in introduction for a good effect and at the end for forceful conclusion.
  • motivate learners by providing a variety of media.
  • summarize information through the use of figures, statistics and symbols.
  • transform abstract ideas in visual form.
  •  stimulate creative thinking.
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