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ERIC Number: EJ815455
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0141-6200
Contemporary Religious Conflicts and Religious Education in the Republic of Korea
Kim, Chongsuh
British Journal of Religious Education, v29 n1 p31-43 Jan 2007
The Republic of (South) Korea is a multi-religious society. Naturally, large- or small-scale conflicts arise between religious groups. Moreover, inter-religious troubles related to the educational system, such as educational ideologies, textbook content and forced chapel attendance, have often caused social conflicts. Most of the problems derive from mutual ignorance about the religion of other groups. Thus, religious education is important, for it offers a chance to learn about other religions. Significantly, middle and high schools in Korea have included "religion" courses in their regular curricula since 1982. The regularization has provided different religious groups with opportunities to get together in order to develop a common curriculum of "religion", to create new textbooks and to train teachers. It has resulted in inter-religious dialogues on various dimensions. However, although some developments have been positive, further reform is needed in order to guarantee an education about the various religions of Korea in all publicly funded schools. (Contains 1 table, 1 figure and 10 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Korea