Discussing didactics of religious education in a Swedish context
2015 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
In Sweden, the didactics of religious education is perceived as a rel- atively new field of research. In this study we show that, in fact, the field has very old roots and that there were the beginnings of an aca- demic field of research in the 1970:s. The latter has in large parts been neglected or forgotten. We suggest that there currently is a lack of debate concerning the fundamental views of what the subject should be, as well overarching goals -- the lack of a “big picture”, if you will -- and that active teachers might lack a professional vocabulary. One might even question if there indeed is a field of didactics of religious education in Sweden. In this essay, we seek to look at that question. The main material is an overview of titles used in RE-teacher’s edu- cation, which illustrate the debate among scholars of religious educa- tion, as well as academic reviews of the subject. This is supplemented by interviews with three teachers. The study shows a fragmented field. No serious attempt is made at defining what the didactics of religious education is in a Swedish context. Few insights are imple- mented from the international field, such as Germany and England, nor even from the neighbouring countries Norway and Finland. This has repercussions for the teacher’s reflection on their practice.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
religion, didactics, didactics of religious education, religious education, re, teacher training, Sweden, pedagogics
religion, didaktik, religionsdidaktik, sverige, lärarutbildning, lärarutbildare, läromedel, forskning, pedagogik
Didactics Religious Studies
Research subject Religious Studies and Theology; Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-36612OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-36612DiVA: diva2:824388
'Shifting Borders in Religious Education'. 13th Nordic Conference on Religious Education, 15-18 June 2015, at the University of Tartu, Estonia.