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ERIC Number: EJ893211
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0141-6200
Divisions, Diversity and Educational Directives: IRE Teachers' Didactic Choices in Kisumu, Kenya
Svensson, Jonas
British Journal of Religious Education, v32 n3 p245-258 Sep 2010
The present article focuses on the choices teachers make when teaching Islamic religious education (IRE) in the town of Kisumu, Kenya. The data were collected through interviews with IRE teachers and participant observations in schools that offered IRE during several fieldwork sessions in the period 2003-2006. The fieldwork revealed that the choices teachers made were related to social and religious contexts both inside and outside the school setting and also the more immediate contexts of the teaching-learning situation. Most clearly, the choices were influenced by the fact that IRE is an examinable subject in a larger educational system. This article claims that an alternation between a confessional education "into" Islam and a more fact-oriented education "about" Islam was a strategy used by some teachers balancing between competing demands posed by the educational system, students, parents and the surrounding local society. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kenya