ERIC Number: EJ1133155
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Religious Education in the Secularised Netherlands
van Dijk-Groeneboer, Monique C. H.
International Studies in Catholic Education, v9 n1 p17-28 2017
Being a religious educator in Western Europe, especially in the highly secularised Netherlands, is a complicated job. There are concepts to be taught to a generation that is mostly religiously analphabetic. Religion is subject to many discussions that foremost include the media's coverage of extremist versions of religion. It has become more difficult to teach children about religion and to have a narrative dialogue with them. In our research, we focus on different types of young people that can be found in the classroom; mixed patterns of commitment to religious institutes and variable amounts of concern with religion in forming their identity. A five yearly survey gives insight into values that pupils find important in their lives and shows whether they think of themselves as religious or believing, or not. Secondly, together with theological students and secondary school teachers, we have created and developed possible strategies for religious education. Developed lessons, activities and materials can be practiced and used by religious education teachers to educate the pluralistic but spiritual classroom they are faced with.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Religious Education, Religion, Student Diversity, Student Surveys, Catholic Schools, Secondary School Students, Student Characteristics, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands