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ERIC Number: EJ809835
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0141-6200
Democratic Citizenship and Religious Education: Challenges and Perspectives for Schools in the Netherlands
Miedema, Siebren; Bertram-Troost, Gerdien
British Journal of Religious Education, v30 n2 p123-132 Mar 2008
This article deals with the question what pedagogical and religious educational contributions have to offer to the debate on citizenship. Some historical background and theoretical conceptualisations of nowadays political focus on citizenship are described particularly focusing on the Dutch case. Explicit attention is given to the role of religion in the public domain. It is stressed that religion is more and more perceived as a source of power which could be positively used within the public domain. This development raises questions in relation to religious education at school, as schools are located in the intermediate domain between the public and the private domain. It is stated that both state schools and religious-affiliated schools have to take the impact of the process of globalisation seriously by preparing students for their encounter with cultural and religious "others." From a societal as well as pedagogical point of view, it is argued that all schools should be obliged to foster a religious dimension to citizenship.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands