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Religion in the school context: Freedom from or of religion?
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions. Tartu University, Estonia. (CARDIPS)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4727-0329
2016 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The presentation discusses how different models of learning religion promote respect for the right to freedom of religion or belief. Three different models of learning about religion are offered in Estonian schools: there are schools with no Religious Education, others have inclusive Religious Education, and there are also religiously-oriented schools with a confessional approach to teaching religion. The article draws on data of the research done in the framework of REDCo project (the main project 2006-2009, replicative study in 2012) and also CARDIPS project (2014). The research projects studied students' views about how they see religion in education. The samples consist of students from different Estonian regions and different experience of learning about religions. Their attitudes to two questions are studied. First, how do students differ in their own attitudes about the need to respect a person who is of a different religion? Second, what do young people think about religious freedoms in the school context? The results of the study call out for discussion of practicing religious freedom in school and practices what may best contribute to a tolerant society.

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Keyword [en]
human rights, religious education, religious freedom
National Category
Religious Studies Learning Law and Society
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies; Historical Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-30868Local ID: 671/42/2013OAI: diva2:971156
Freedom of Religion or Belief in Situations of Crisis, Tallinn, 16.-18.June 2016
Cultural and religious diversity in primary school (CARDIPS)
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 30/13
Available from: 2016-09-15 Created: 2016-09-15 Last updated: 2016-09-16Bibliographically approved

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