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Multiple Media Literacy in Religious Education
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.
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Abstract [en]

This article takes as its point of departure the view that, in Sweden, media in various forms act as one of the main settings where young people encounter religion, both in schools and elsewhere. With a seemingly ever-expanding development of communication technology, researchers and politicians alike are arguing for the need to educate our citizens in media literacy. By applying the concept of multiple media literacy, the authors of this article argue that depending on if media is viewed as (1) conduits, (2) languages, or (3) environments, the skills needed to critically engage with various kinds of media differs. Using Swedish religious education (RE) as an illustrative example, the authors conclude that increased focus within RE on the production variables, and on the complex nature of social media, would likely result in a richer media literacy for students and teachers alike.

Keywords [en]
religious education; multiple media literacy; mediatization; media materials; Sweden
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-395673OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-395673DiVA, id: diva2:1364961
Available from: 2019-10-23 Created: 2019-10-23 Last updated: 2019-10-23
In thesis
1. 'Stay Awhile and Listen': Understanding the Dynamics of Mediatization, Authority, and Literacy in Swedish Religious Education
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2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article-based dissertation is to explore the role media play in Swedish Religious Education (RE). The purpose is to study Swedish RE teachers’ practices and how these can be related to various dynamics of mediatization, authority, and literacy. Conducted within the Teaching Religion in Late Modern Sweden project at Uppsala University, this study draws on a national survey, as well as semi-structured interviews and classroom observations with 22 RE teachers. Four specific research questions are posed, each addressed separately in four articles. (1) What kinds of media materials do Swedish RE teachers use in their teaching? (2) What kinds of media dynamics are present in RE classrooms where media materials are used? (3) How can RE teachers’ and students’ engagements with mediated religion be analysed from a multiple media literacies perspective? And, (4) how do RE teachers construct authority on religion in a mediatized situation? The first question is approached through a quantitative analysis of survey material, while the three remaining questions were analysed by the use of qualitative thematic analysis of the observations and interviews. The study finds that RE teachers in Sweden use and relate to various forms of media to a large extent in their daily teaching practices, and that these engagements with mediated religion illustrate the complex balance between the individual agency of the teacher on the one hand, and the media dynamics of amplification, framing and performative agency, and co-structuring, on the other. The teachers’ practices in relation to this are in the study viewed as a form of institutional work that is both caused by, and a contributing factor to, an increased mediatization of contemporary Swedish RE. The findings of the four articles are discussed in light of previous research on mediatization of religion in a Nordic context, specifically with regard to literacy and authority. The author argues that by studying these processes within an educational setting – a context that until recently has been under-explored within mediatization of religion research – the study provides new empirical as well as theoretical knowledge not only to the field of sociology of religion, but also to research on authority and religious education.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2019. p. 84
Series
Studies in Religion and Society, ISSN 1654-630X ; 17
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Sociology of Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-395675 (URN)978-91-513-0800-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-12-13, Hall IV, Universitetshuset, Biskopsgatan 3, Uppsala, 14:15 (English)
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Available from: 2019-11-22 Created: 2019-10-23 Last updated: 2019-11-22

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