This page contains a link to an interview with Dr Margaret Carswell (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer at Australian Catholic University. She was an advisor to the Texts and Teachers project (

Carswell takes an academic and disciplinary approach to the study of sacred texts. In her work, she has critiqued a number of RE programs which fall short of the hermeneutical expectations of scholarly study which the Catholic Church has committed to in its statement on the Interpretation of the Bible in the Church.

These studies can be found in her thesis which is available online:

There are two articles which contain her further research on this theme. The abstracts are free online to read and give some idea of her conclusions:

Two other links

  • Teach Scripture is a website designed specifically for teachers in Catholic Primary Schools to enable teachers to teach Scripture – not just use it – using the composite Model. ( )
  • Her section of the 2020 Texts and Teachers Practice Guide (Free to download from here: contains an outline of the LAaSMO method, which is one way of taking the scripture scholarship into classroom practice.