RELIGION IN EDUCATION: AN EMOTIVE RESEARCH DOMAIN

Cornelia Roux, Petro Du Preez

Abstract


Understanding religion and especially different aspects of world religions is today,
more than ever, an important part of social science. Religion is not only a means
whereby many different cultures categorise and define human values, but it also
provides a way in which to understand diversity in humankind’s experiences with
life as part of our quest for meaning. Religion, as a component of the curriculum in
education, be it in a home school environment, in schools or at tertiary institutions,
is also a vibrant and important research domain. In the quest for greater
understanding of people’s perceptions, attitudes, feelings and experiences, as well
as their own religions and those of others, empirical research seems to be an
effective route to follow. In this article the authors theorise on different research
designs and methodologies to be applied in religion in education as a research
domain and argue for a cautious approach to and analyses of empirical data. This
article contains many claims made by the authors based on their experiences of
research on Religion in Education.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/89-0-1015

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