The author of this article raises the problem of the need for deep and fundamental training of teachers in the basics of religious faith and religious culture. The practice of teaching these subjects in the modern Russian school has been developing for about thirty years, and the availability and synthesis of experience becomes insuffi cient for the eff ective further development of this process. The author of the article expresses her conviction that in Russian educational space it is time for scientifi c research and the emergence of the science of religious faith and religious culture as educational subjects and patterns of teaching them to diff erent age groups, which will form the basis for the training of relevant teaching staff . Using the example of developing a methodology for teaching the elements of Orthodox faith and Orthodox culture, the article manifests the position of the author and her scientifi c school in setting goals for teaching these subjects at school, which “dictate” approaches to the formulation of principles, teaching methods and revealing its results. In the second part of the article, the author presents examples of some of the problems of teaching methods of Orthodox faith and Orthodox culture, which have been revealed up to now and which can become the subject of scientifi c (pedagogical) research, i.e. the logic of making programmes, features of work with terminology, selection of the content of educational books and the formulation of questions and tasks. The main conclusion of the article concerns the fact that the scientifi c development of teaching methods of Orthodox dogmata and Orthodox culture should not lag behind school education or follow it, but should satisfy its needs, orient school teachers to reasonable and eff ective teaching techniques.
teaching methods, Orthodox faith, Orthodox culture, academic subject, spiritual and moral upbringing, pedagogical activity, pedagogical research
*According to ISCED 2011, a post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences (D.Sc.) is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates.
The article was supported by a grant from the PSTSU Development Fund "School religious (Christian) education in Russia and abroad: historical experience, problems and prospects