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”Vi kan vistas i samma rum men jag tänker inte prata med dig”: Religionskunskapslärares tolkning av begreppet tolerans samt dess betydelse och funktion i undervisningen
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Religious Studies.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This is a qualitative interview study aiming to examine the concept of tolerance as it is a core value in the curriculum for the Swedish upper secondary school and high school. The concept of tolerance is linked to the subject of religious studies. A total of six teachers were interviewed regarding their understanding and interpretation of the concept, as well as its place in their teaching. The method of analysis was hermeneutic and the statements made by the teachers were further analyzed in the light of normcritical pedagogy and didactical awareness. The results show a diversified understanding of the concept, manifested in a broad scale of attitudes to it, ranging from negative to positive, though all were based on a reflective approach. This affected the teachers' tendency to include, or focus on, the concept of tolerance in their teaching, varying from active inclusion to exclusion. The discussion focuses on the differences and difficulties associated with acts of tolerance versus attitudes of tolerance. The teachers define religious studies as a subject with heavy focus on interpersonal relations. Acts of tolerance are therefore problematic as they are also acts of power between individuals and groups. This shows the didactical importance of discussing the concept of tolerance, mainly in relation to attitudes and acts, between teachers as well as in the classroom.

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Keyword [en]
Tolerance, normcritical pedagogy, religious studies, core values, swedish upper secondary school, swedish high school
Keyword [sv]
Tolerans, normkritik, normkritisk pedagogik, religionskunskap, religionsundervisning, värdegrund
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Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-21221OAI: diva2:910535
Available from: 2016-03-09 Created: 2016-03-09 Last updated: 2016-03-14Bibliographically approved

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