ERIC Number: EJ1049302
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
Non-Governmental Religious Schools in Germany--Increasing Demand by Decreasing Religiosity?
Comparative Education, v51 n1 p38-56 2015
This paper addresses the situation of non-governmental religious schools in Germany. The available empirical data demonstrate an increasing demand for these schools in recent decades. In this paper, possible causes of this development are discussed. First, the given constitutional framework for religion in governmental and non-governmental schools is presented. The particularity of the German school system comes into view: not only the churches but also the state--as an expression of its neutrality towards religion--maintains religious schools; furthermore, denominational religious instruction is also given in governmental non-religious schools. Second, the phenomenon of religious school selection will be considered: in which educational domains are non-governmental religious schools increasing? Where are they decreasing? Third, hypotheses explaining these developments--such as the special educational profiles of non-governmental religious schools, the wish for social distinction, avoiding problems of governmental schools, and better performance--are discussed.
Descriptors: Religious Education, Foreign Countries, Church Role, Government Role, Profiles, Religion, Public Schools, Christianity, Freedom, State Church Separation, Institutional Characteristics, School Choice, Parent Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Germany