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ERIC Number: EJ909420
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1361-7672
Religious Education in State Schools in German-Speaking Switzerland
Kohler-Spiegel, Helga
Journal of Beliefs & Values, v26 n2 p171-178 Aug 2005
There are today a variety of patterns in the different cantons of Switzerland for regulating the teaching of RE. The Swiss system is based on a cooperation between Church and state which varies in relation to the history and character of the differing cantons. This allows for diversity in modes of delivering RE. In two cantons there is complete separation between church and state whereas in the majority there is some form of cooperation. State recognized religious communities (normally the Swiss Reformed and Roman Catholic Churches, but in Basel the Old Catholic Church and Jewish community also) are in charge of the RE in schools where it is taught by their representatives visiting the schools. Where state related RE is taught this is done by teachers in the school employed by the state. The presence of Turkish immigrants is raising problems for the teaching of RE in certain areas since Islam has not been traditionally state recognized. However, the inherent diversity of patterns within the 26 cantons allows considerable room for innovation feasible because there is generally an openness between the churches and from the state which facilitates this. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Switzerland