Religion has a large impact on the society. In the politics, xenophobic parties are taking more
and more place, and the medias are reflecting the world religions most brutal faces. How has
this reality affected Swedish ninth-graders of today? The intention of this quantitative study is
to examine what attitude some ninth-graders in a southern Swedish city have towards the
world religions and if a schools diversity has any effects on the pupil’s attitudes. We also
want to examine what factors there is that could impact on the pupils’ attitudes.
The result from our survey answered by 110 Swedish ninth graders shows that the pupils
generally have a positive attitude towards all of the world religions. Christianity is, according
to this study, the most accepted religion while Islam, is the least accepted religion. Today
there are many factors to consider that might impact on a person’s attitude towards a religion.
According to this study, many pupils’ feel that TV, media and Internet have a negative
influence on their attitude towards the world religions’, while school, family and friends
seem to have a positive influence on the pupils’ attitudes. We also find that a schools’
diversity matters and affect the pupils’ attitudes in a positive way. This study finds that higher
diversity is a possible way to a more tolerant school
Title: To learn to live with each other – A quantitative study of ninth-graders approach to
world religions and its practitioners.
Keywords: school, diversity, attitude, youths, world religions, tolerance
Author: Emily Jönsson & Simon Vedin
2015. , 53 p.