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I joined LSBU in 2016 from Goldsmiths, University of London, where I was a researcher in the Faiths & Civil Society Unit. Here my experience in community development and Sociology combined in research projects exploring the role of religion in the public sphere. Prior to this, I taught RE and Sociology at secondary level and worked in community development as a researcher and facilitator.

My role at LSBU combines my teaching and research expertise. I teach across UG and PG courses in education and lead the RE element of the Primary PGCE. I also supervise doctoral candidates.

My key research interests are around religion and worldviews in education and education for intercultural citizenship. In 2015 I co-led a project, RE for REal, which helped lay the foundation for the recent Commission on RE and the proposed National Entitlement.

Current projects include an international research symposium on religion & worldviews education and citizenship. This collaboration with Manchester and Dalhousie University (Canada) brings together researchers to explore the relationship between teaching about religion and worldviews in schools and student understandings of citizenship.

I lead LSBU's Education for Social Justice research group, which brings together research and practice across formal and informal education to promote inclusion and social justice.

Courses taught

BA (Hons) Education Studies

Professional Doctorate in Education with specific focus on social justice and inclusion - EdD

Education - PhD & MRes

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Mrs Lucy Catherine AroraProfessional doctorate study and motherhood: A critical discourse analysisDProf
Ms Joanna KrupaDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Mrs Jane Elisabeth CrussellDoctoral Research ProjectDProf
Miss Nadia Imtiaz RiazCase Study: Role of Human Rights Education in reducing Ethnic and Sectarian violencePhD
Mr Robert Malcolm HushDoctoral Research ProjectDProf
Miss Paula SanchezDoctoral Research ProjectPhD

Awarded in the last 5 years
Epigeum Supervisory TrainingPhD
PhD

VID University, Oslo

2016
2020
MSc Social Anthropology

University College London

1997
1998
BA Hons French (With African & Asian Studies)

University of Sussex

1993
1997
PGCE (QTS) Social Science

Institute of Education, Unversity College, London

2002
2003
Researcher
Goldsmiths, University of London

2008
2016
Education
Head of Sociology
The Green School for Girls

2003
2008
Education
Researcher
Church Urban Fund

1999
2000
Third sector/charities
FunderYear wonProjectRole
National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE)2022NATREPrincipal Investigator
2019G101_Consultancy_GoldsmithsPrincipal Investigator
Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College2019G091_Consultancy_H2020 evaluationPrincipal Investigator

Worldview Literacy as Educational Praxis: A Response to ‘Religious Literacy’: Some Considerations and Reservations’, Johannes C. Wolfart
Shaw, M. (2022). Worldview Literacy as Educational Praxis: A Response to ‘Religious Literacy’: Some Considerations and Reservations’, Johannes C. Wolfart. Method & Theory in the Study of Religion. https://doi.org/10.1163-15700682-bja10083

Worldview Literacy as Intercultural Citizenship Education: A framework for critical, reflexive engagement in plural democracy.
Shaw, M. (2022). Worldview Literacy as Intercultural Citizenship Education: A framework for critical, reflexive engagement in plural democracy. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice. pp. 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1177/17461979211062125

Landscapes, Real and Imagined: ‘REforREal’
Shaw, M. and Dinham, A (2020). Landscapes, Real and Imagined: ‘REforREal’. in: Chater, M (ed.) Reforming Religious Education: Power and knowledge in a worldviews curriculum John Catt Education Ltd.

Towards a religiously literate curriculum – religion and worldview literacy as an educational model
Shaw, M. (2019). Towards a religiously literate curriculum – religion and worldview literacy as an educational model. Journal of Beliefs & Values. 41 (2), pp. 150-161. https://doi.org/10.1080/13617672.2019.1664876

New Representations of Religion & Belief in Schools
Shaw, M (2018). New Representations of Religion & Belief in Schools. Religions. 9 (11), p. 364. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9110364

Towards a Theory and Practice of Religious Literacy: a case study of religion and belief engagement in a UK University
Shaw, M, Dinham, A and Francis, M (2017). Towards a Theory and Practice of Religious Literacy: a case study of religion and belief engagement in a UK University. Religions. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel8120276

Religious Literacy through Religious Education: The Future of Teaching and Learning about Religion and Belief
Shaw, M and Dinham, A (2017). Religious Literacy through Religious Education: The Future of Teaching and Learning about Religion and Belief. Religions. 8 (7). https://doi.org/10.3390/rel8070119

Re for Real: The Future of Teaching and Learning about Religion & Belief
Shaw, M and Dinham, A (2015). Re for Real: The Future of Teaching and Learning about Religion & Belief. Goldsmiths, University of London.