ERIC Number: EJ1020761
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Swedish Religious Education at the End of the 1960s: Classroom Observations, Early Video Ethnography and the National Curriculum of 1962
Flensner, K. Kittelmann; Larsson, G.
British Journal of Religious Education, v36 n2 p202-217 2014
The aim of this article is to present a unique corpus of film-recorded classroom observations of sixth-grade classes (age 12-13) in the Swedish cities of Gothenburg, Partille and Trollhättan in the late 1960s. The material documents how RE could be taught in Swedish schools in line with the curriculum of Lgr 62 which internationally was an early attempt to design an approach to religious education (RE) which responded to demands of pluralism and objectivity and before the name of the subject was changed from Christian Religious Education (CRE) ("Kristendomskunskap") into RE ("Religionskunskap"). The aim is also to scrutinise how the documented teaching and classroom activities relate to the curriculum of the time. 52 film-recorded classes in CRE have been analysed. One result--not surprisingly, as the teachers knew that they were being filmed--is that the content of teaching follows the CRE syllabus. As Christianity occupies the bulk of teaching time, it can be questioned whether the subject meets the objectivity requirement. There were few references to the experience of the pupils and the surrounding society. The heated public debate about the subject is not observable in the classroom.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational History, Religious Education, Class Activities, Observation, Christianity, Teaching Methods, Grade 6, Elementary School Students, Course Descriptions, Video Technology, Ethnography, Course Content, Ethics, Biblical Literature, Singing, Spiritual Development, Philosophy, Perspective Taking
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Grade 6; Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden