RELIGION: VOICE OF THE MULTI-VOICED SELF – VALUATING THE DIVERSITY OF RELIGIOUS AND NON-RELIGIOUS PHILOSOPHIES OF LIFE AS PART OF THE MULTI-VOICED SELF

Ina ter Avest, Cok Bakker

Abstract


In this article we focus on a newly developed Dutch method of introducing pupils
and students into the religious dimension of the various subjects of the school
curriculum. We call this method of Religious Education (RE): Lessons in
Apprehension (LiA). The innovative aspect lies in the awareness of personal
commitment in addition to knowledge about various religious traditions as they are
experienced in the present Dutch society. The development of commitment is an
important task in identity development. The narrative perspective on identity fits
inherently with the valuation theory and is historically rooted in this theory. The
theoretical concepts of the valuation theory are at the base of the Lessons in
Apprehension; lessons that aim at awareness and understanding of the role of
religion and the religious dimension of school subjects. The pilot project shows that
the method of LiA offers good opportunities to arrive at what Marcia (1982) has
called Identity Achievement.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/89-0-1016

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