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ERIC Number: EJ1216127
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1467-5986
The Religious and Worldview Dimension of Intercultural Education: The Council of Europe's Contribution
Jackson, Robert; O'Grady, Kevin
Intercultural Education, v30 n3 p247-259 2019
This article traces the Council of Europe's work on teaching about religions and non-religious worldviews, regarded as an important contributor to intercultural education. It explains why studies of religions came late in the Council of Europe's educational work and traces the development of a project which led to a Recommendation from its Committee of Ministers on teaching about religions and non-religious worldviews. It summarises follow-up work by the Council of Europe and the European Wergeland Centre, which led to the publication of "Signposts." It outlines new research on themes identified in "Signposts" and discusses the relationship between intercultural education and studies of religions, in the context of the Council of Europe and responds to criticisms of its work. An account of the development of a new teacher training module, based on "Signposts," is given. The module can be adapted for use in Council of Europe member states and in different settings, including university and school-based teacher training. An account is given of the work of the module's writing group, its structure and chapters, the piloting undertaken and how it could develop. Finally, this article introduces the concept of 'dialogical liberalism', aiming to promote dialogue and discussion, rather than imposing equality.
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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: Europe