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Religious Education in a Multicultural Classroom.: Seven students' experiences of religious education in Sweden.
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication.
2022 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Religionskunskapsundervisning i ett mångkulturellt klassrum. : Sjuelevers upplevelser av religionskunskapsundervisning i Sverige. (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This study aimed to investigate how students in upper secondary school experience religious education in a secularizedand multicultural society. This study was conducted using a qualitative method in the form of semi-structured interviews with seven students in upper secondary school. The students that participated in thissurvey positioned themselves as atheists, Muslims, and Christians. The interviews were constructed with the aim of producing a result that reflects the students' experiences of religiouseducation in upper secondary school while considering the students' own experiences of religion. The students' experiences were analyzed and discussed in relation to the Swedish curriculum's description of the purpose of religious education and previous research on religious education in a multicultural and secularized Sweden. Thisresearch shows that there are varied perceptions of how religious education is perceived by studentsbased on their knowledge and experience of religion.Those students who identified themselves as religious, and whose environment consists of a majority with a cultural background other than Swedish, find that religious education tends to deal with aspects that differ from their knowledge and experience of religion. This study also shows that religious education in Sweden is experienced as dealing with religions and cultures on a general level. A common factor identified in the survey is that students findit important to learn about religion through increased discussion and integration whichcontributes to a deeper understandingof religion. This is perceived as a need forreligious education in a multicultural and secularizedsociety. The result presented in this study is also reflected in previous studies conducted in the discipline of religious didactics. This indicates that there are some challenges as well as some opportunities for development regarding religious educationin a multicultural and secularizedsociety. 

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2022. , p. 36
Keywords [en]
Religious education, multiculturalism, intercultural learning, secularization, private religiosity, curriculum.
Keywords [sv]
Religionsundervisning, mångkultur, interkulturellt lärande, sekularisering, privatreligiositet, styrdokument.
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Religious Studies Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-58288ISRN: JU-HLK-HIA-2-20220203OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-58288DiVA, id: diva2:1689286
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HLK, Religious Studies
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