Religious Education and Intercultural Understanding: Exploring the role of religiosity for upper secondary school students' attitudes towards RE
2013 (English)In: British Journal of Religious Education, ISSN 0141-6200, E-ISSN 1740-7931, Vol. 35, no 1, 36-54 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Recent studies show that Religious Education (RE) may play an important role for teaching intercultural understanding in many Western societies facing increased cultural and religious pluralism. Quantitative and qualitative research have however failed to examine what role the religiosity of the students plays in their attitudes towards RE. A nationally representative Swedish sample of 1850 students answered a classroom questionnaire. The main result was that, when controlling for background variables such as gender, foreign background, parents’ education level, and study program, the student’s religiosity had a significant effect on their attitudes towards a) existential issues, b) preferences on what to study in RE, as well as c) incentives for studying RE. Regression analyses demonstrated that by entering individual’s religiosity into the model the effect of foreign background was suspended in 11 of 14 cases. In order to understand the attitude towards RE it is useful to include the student’s religiosity. As a consequence, this article argues that in order to reach the citizenship goals of educating for intercultural understanding in RE, the subject should be developed to reach male students, students with parents with lower levels of education, students in vocational study programs, and students who are not religious.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2013. Vol. 35, no 1, 36-54 p.
attitudes, religion, Religious Education, socialization, secularization, pupils, upper secondary education
Religious Studies Sociology Educational Sciences
Research subject Sociology of Religion
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-166652DOI: 10.1080/01416200.2012.717015ISI: 000311697600004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-166652DiVA: diva2:477032
ProjectsSilence, conflict or exoticism? Views of religion and Religious Education among senior high school students and teachers in multicultural SwedenImpact of Religion
FunderSwedish Research Council, 2007-8139
The digital version of the article was published 2012. The paper copy of the journal is Volume 35, number 1, January 20132012-01-122012-01-122013-01-10Bibliographically approved