Discourses of Religion and Secularism in Religious Education Classrooms

Authors: Kittelmann Flensner, Karin

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  • Analyses discourses of religion that predominate in non-confessional Religious Education in Sweden
  • Discusses Religious Education based on empirical examples
  • Illustrates how secularism is expressed and becomes hegemonic in the classroom practice of Religious Education and discusses implications of this in a pluralistic society
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This book answers the question on how students and teachers talk about religion when the mandatory and nonconfessional school subject of Religious Education is on the schedule in the “world’s most secular country” To do this, it analyses discourses of religion as they occur in the classroom practice. It is based on findings from participant observation of Religious Education lessons in several upper secondary schools in Sweden. The book discusses different aspects of the role and function of nonconfessional integrative Religious Education in an increasingly pluralistic, multireligious, yet also secularized society, at a general level. It looks at the religious landscape, different perspectives on school subjects, various models and the development of Religious Education, and discourses of religion of a secularist, spiritual and nationalistic nature.

Religious Education is a school subject that manoeuvres in the midst of a field that on the one hand concerns crucial knowledge in a pluralistic society, and on the other hand deals with highly contested questions in a society characterized by diversity and secularity. In the mandatory, integrative and non-confessional school subject of Religious Education in Sweden, all students are taught together regardless of religious or secular affiliation. The subject deals with major world religions, important non-religious worldviews and ethics, from a non-confessional perspective. Thus, in the classroom, individuals who identify with diverse religious and non-religious worldviews, with a different understanding of what religion could be and what it might mean to be religious, are brought together. The book examines questions raised in this pluralistic context: What discourses of religion become hegemonic in the classroom? How do these discourses affect the possibility of reaching the aim of Religious Education which concerns understanding and respect for different ways of thinking and living in a society characterized by diversity?

About the authors

Karin Kittelmann Flensner got her doctorate in 2015 in Religious Studies with specialization in Education Science and has a background as upper secondary school teacher in the non-confessional, integrative school subject of Religious Education. She teaches in teacher education at University West and is currently working in a project concerning how the contemporary conflicts in the Middle East are portrayed, played out and discussed in Swedish classroom practices.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Discourses of Religion and Secularism in Religious Education Classrooms
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-60949-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-60949-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-60948-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-86966-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 182
Number of Illustrations
1 illustrations in colour
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