Truth Claims, Commitment and Openness in Finnish Islamic and Lutheran Religious Education Classrooms

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Kimanen , A L 2019 , ' Truth Claims, Commitment and Openness in Finnish Islamic and Lutheran Religious Education Classrooms ' , Issues in Educational Research , vol. 29 , no. 1 , pp. 141-157 . < http://www.iier.org.au/iier29/kimanen.pdf >

Title: Truth Claims, Commitment and Openness in Finnish Islamic and Lutheran Religious Education Classrooms
Author: Kimanen, Anu Leena
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Theology
Date: 2019-01-18
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: Issues in Educational Research
ISSN: 0313-7155
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/300027
Abstract: This article examines how two Finnish religious education (RE) teachers, one in Islamic and one in Lutheran RE, seek to construct openness when dealing with religious truth claims and religious commitment, the key areas in which indoctrination might take place. It also observes how these constructions work in the classroom and explains them in the light of teacher intentions and pupil pre-understandings of the RE classroom setting. Focusing on Islamic RE contests secular and Protestant discourses concerning the practices of RE in Europe, especially in denominational settings. Comparing the two contexts, Islamic minority and Lutheran majority RE, also helps to avoid over-interpretations about the impact of Islam. The issue is approached by combining classroom observations with teacher and pupil perspectives expressed in interviews. The findings suggest that there was frequent mismatch between teacher goals and pupil interpretation. In order to 'do openness' in the classroom more effectively, RE teachers should regard openness and critical thinking as learning objectives instead of mere circumstances of learning.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
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