Religion and Education in Europe
Developments, Contexts and Debates
2007, Religious Diversity and Education in Europe, Band 3, 286 pages, paperback, 29,90 €, ISBN 978-3-8309-1765-6
This book is the initial outcome of the REDCo-project, "Religion in Education: A contribution to Dialogue or a factor of Conflict in transforming societies of European countries." The REDCo project (2006-2009) is the first major research project on religion and education to be funded by the European Commission. The project includes ten studies from eight different European countries, plus some collaborative thematic studies. This volume reports the first thematic study, which assesses current issues in religious education and related fields in Europe.
Part one includes discussions of European institutions, including the European Union and the Council of Europe, and includes material relevant to all European countries.
Part two contains historical and contextual analyses of religion and education in the eight participating countries. The contributions discuss the historical tradition and socio-political background of religion in education, as well as the present context of religion in education, including the nature and degree of multiculturalism, the impact of globalisation, and pedagogical trends. The chapters discuss the changing aims in religious education, questions related to the legal framework, as well as policies and pedagogies addressing issues of dialogue and conflict in school and society. These analyses are a foundation for the project's planned empirical and theoretical work.
The final chapter (part three) is a reflection on some of the issues raised in the main body of the book.
Dieser durchgängig englischsprachige Band wendet sich der Problematik in der ganzen Breite zu und sucht zunächst eine umfassende Wahrnehmung, um daraus Perspektiven für die Zukunft zu entwerfen.
Jens Walter auf: lehrerbibliothek.de
The book is highly innovative and deserves special attention for several reasons. [...] There can be no doubt that this is a very valuable volume and that diverse audiences will be able to profit from it. [...] the book could function as an introduction to religious education or to religion in Europe.
Friedrich Schweitzer in: Teaching Theology and Religion, 01. 2008.
"Ohne Zweifel handelt es sich um eine wertvolle Veröffentlichung, die beispielsweise in Seminaren über Religionspädagogik in Europa verwendet werden kann oder einfach zur Information für Interessierte. [...] In dieser Hinsicht stellt das Buch einen wichtigen ersten Schritt und einen viel versprechenden Anfang dar."
Friedrich Schweitzer in: Zeitschrift für Pädagogik und Theologie, 2. 2008.
In my opinion this first REDCo publication is a clear, insightful book, which deserves careful reading by everyone interested in future developments regarding religious education in Europe.
Paul Vermeer in: Journal of Emprirical Theology, 21. 2008.
The book makes a significant contribution to the field of religious education, intercultural education, and citzenship. [...] Religion and Education achieves what it sets out to do and shows the differences and commonalities of religious education in nine European countries. [...] This book is an excellent resource for all religious educators interested in the history and development of religious ecucation as well as the latest practices in religious education in Europe.
Peta Goldberg in: Journal of Contemporary Religion, 1. 2011.
The book is a combination of five chapters with a general theme and eight which focus on particular countries. Each is of high quality and though for the most part they are written by contributors for whom English is a second language, they read well.
Brian Gates on: The Shap working party on World Religions in Education