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Why Teach about Religions? Perspectives from Finnish Professionals
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies. University of Helsinki, Finland.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6085-576X
2019 (English)In: Religions, ISSN 2077-1444, E-ISSN 2077-1444, Vol. 10, no 6, article id 347Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Acknowledging recent research literature on professionalism and religious education across Europe, the article examines the scholars’ and senior professionals’ views on the curricula aims and objectives in religious education in Finland. Through asking the professionals’ views on the aims of RE in relation to supporting of child’s growth and development on one hand and the societal aims of RE on the other, the findings were thematically classified into the following categories. Firstly, the aims regarding the supporting of child’s growth and development were focused on literacy on religions and worldviews, increasing the understanding on oneself and others, personal growth, and the skills for global citizenship. From the societal perspective, RE was seen important for supporting the understanding as literacy, understanding as empathy, and competences for global citizenship. Finally, as regards the educational model of teaching about religions, these professionals held somewhat varied views. Some favoured an RE model based on teaching groups reflecting children’s own worldview affiliations, others supported whole-class instruction, and still others a hybrid model combining elements of both. However, the way in which the instruction is implemented and the position from which religions are examined in education were perceived to be in a key role in this, whatever the formal structures for instruction.

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2019. Vol. 10, no 6, article id 347
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professionals, religion, education, aims, literacy, Finland
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-169165DOI: 10.3390/rel10060347ISI: 000473805400003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-169165DiVA, id: diva2:1318584
Available from: 2019-05-28 Created: 2019-05-28 Last updated: 2019-07-22Bibliographically approved

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