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ERIC Number: EJ821520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0141-6200
Beyond Secularization: Experiences of the Sacred in Childhood and Adolescence as a Challenge for RE Development Theory
Heimbrock, Hans-Gunter
British Journal of Religious Education, v26 n2 p119-131 Jun 2004
This article examines phenomena of late modern religiosity that have been called a "return of the sacred", especially in relation to the life experience and religious experience of adolescents. The article starts with information about recent pilot studies within religious education, and moves on to evaluate developmental theories as well as ideas from religious studies about the nature and function of the sacred. There follows a proposal for suitable methods for further RE developmental research, drawing on the psychological theory of "transitional objects". Finally, some consequences for a broader understanding of religion and the task of RE are discussed. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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