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ERIC Number: ED499542
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Citizenship and Moral Education in Religious Education Textbooks
Balciuniene, Inga; Mazeikiene, Natalija
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Association for Research in Textbooks and Educational Media (IARTEM) (8th, Caen, France, Oct 2005)
The purpose of this study was to examine interconnections between religiosity and citizenship education in Lithuanian religious education textbooks. Six textbooks (for 5-10 grades) used in Lithuanian basic schools were chosen for the content analysis. Dimensions of citizenship and morality found in religious education textbooks were classified according to frequency of occurrence and the form and intensity of expression. Results indicate that religious education in Lithuania develops not only religious identity, but it also contributes to education of responsible, active and intellectual citizens. It should be admitted that the idea of "multi-faith" religious education which creates conditions for inter-cultural, inter-religious communication and critical debate is not realized in these textbooks. Educators need to revise the goals and tasks of religious education in order to provide opportunity for a dialog between students and teachers from different religious and non-religious backgrounds in order to teach principles of tolerance and respect for people holding different beliefs, to develop thinking skills, skills to interpret, reflect on personal beliefs and gain insights into different worldviews, and to prepare students for the diversity in the society. (Contains 2 figures.) [This paper was published in: Caught in the Web or Lost in the Textbooks? Bruillard, E., Aamotsbakken, B., Knudsen, S.V., Horsley, M. (eds). Eighth International Conference on Learning and Educational Media, IARTEM, International Association for Research in Textbooks and Educational Media, ISSN 1402-9693. Paris: STEF, IARTEM, IUFM, de Basse-Normandie, 2006, p.151-157.]
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Lithuania