What does “new learning” require from religious education teachers? A study of Finnish RE teachers’ perceptions

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Lipiäinen , T , Ubani , M , Viinikka , K & Kallioniemi , A 2020 , ' What does “new learning” require from religious education teachers? A study of Finnish RE teachers’ perceptions ' , Journal of Religious Education , vol. 68 , no. 2 , pp. 213-231 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s40839-020-00098-3

Title: What does “new learning” require from religious education teachers? A study of Finnish RE teachers’ perceptions
Author: Lipiäinen, Tuuli; Ubani, Martin; Viinikka, Kaisa; Kallioniemi, Arto
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, University of Eastern Finland (UEF)
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
Date: 2020-07
Language: eng
Number of pages: 19
Belongs to series: Journal of Religious Education
ISSN: 1442-018X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/324530
Abstract: This article examines "new learning" skills from the perspective of Finnish in-service Religious Education (RE) teachers by exploring which skills teachers emphasize in their instruction. The data of this study consist of a quantitative online questionnaire (N = 83), and qualitative semi-structured interviews (N = 18) that were conducted to clarify the data. Skills were categorized and analysed by using the Assessment and Teaching of twenty-first century Skills (ATC21S) framework. The study shows that, from the four categories in the framework, teachers emphasized skills in Ways of thinking, Tools for working, and Ways of working categories, quite equally highly, though this was less true of the skills in Ways of living in the world category. However, the diversity among individual skills was high. Comparing individual skills, understanding diversity, religious literacy, communication skills (excluding leadership) and critical thinking were the most important in RE and leadership; producing a result and productivity were less emphasized skills in teachers' instructions. The results were explained by ongoing changes, such as religious pluralization, and digitalization in Finnish society, and the aim of RE as developing equal communication and developing, not finalizing, pupils' thinking.
Subject: BELIEFS
DIVERSITY
New learning
PRINCIPLES
PUPILS
RE teachers
Religious education
STUDENT-TEACHERS
SUPPORT
Transformable skills
VIEWS
WORLDVIEWS
516 Educational sciences
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