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Addressing Existential Issues through the Eyes of Swedish Religious Education Teachers
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre. (Impact of Religion)
2018 (English)In: Challenging Life: Existential Questions as a Resource for Education / [ed] Jari Ristiniemi, Geir Skeie, Karin Sporre, Münster: Waxmann Verlag, 2018, 1, p. 83-100Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Existential issues have been integral to the non-confessional subject of religious education (RE, ‘religionskunskap’) in Sweden since the late 1960s. This chapter deals with Swedish RE teachers’ prioritizations and reflections concerning existential issues in RE teaching. Data from interviews and classroom observations with 21 RE teachers in lower and upper secondary schools are analysed together with data from a national survey among RE teachers (n= 2342). The findings suggest that while teachers see existential issues as very important, they are far more likely to prioritize the study of ‘world religions’, referring to lack of time and a need to teach from a factual basis. These prioritizations are discussed in relation to religion  as a private matter, the concept of religious literacy, and the ‘Nussbaumian’ three crucial capacities of education.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Münster: Waxmann Verlag, 2018, 1. p. 83-100
Series
Religious Diversity and Education in Europe, ISSN 1862-9547 ; 37
Keywords [en]
Religious Education, Sweden, Existential Question, existential issue, world view, teacher, survey, interviews
National Category
Religious Studies Didactics
Research subject
Sociology of Religion; Curriculum Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-366402Libris ID: bl11b3w083xwwfdxISBN: 978-3-8309-3886-6 (print)ISBN: 978-3-8309-8886-1 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-366402DiVA, id: diva2:1264517
Projects
The Impact of Religion: Challenges for Society, Law and DemocracyTeaching Religion in Late Modern Sweden (TRILS)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2013-2318Available from: 2018-11-20 Created: 2018-11-20 Last updated: 2020-01-09Bibliographically approved

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