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Livsfrågor och religionskunskap: En belysning av ett centralt begrepp i svensk religionsdidaktik
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Didactic Science and Early Childhood Education.
2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Questions of life and RE curriculum : A study of a central concept in RE in Swedish compulsory and secondary schools (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis focuses on “livsfrågor” (questions of life) a typical Swedish concept introduced in the RE syllabus in the curriculum for compulsory schools in 1969. The study poses three questions: what can qualify as a “livsfråga”, why are they regarded important, and how do they fit into teaching?

The main purpose is to study differences of the concept in two materials. Primarily interviews with Teacher educators all over Sweden and, secondly in the R.E. syllabus for compulsory and secondary schools from 1962 until today. Finally, the two materials used, will be brought together, and foci are recognized with the help of a tool for thought.  The study is using the concept dialogicity from Bachtin. Syllabus are viewed as compromises in accordance with a German tradition.

In the syllabus, “livsfrågor” is one within many different words used with none what so ever stringency. It is not necessarily the most important term, as “livsåskådningsfrågor” (questions within philosophies of life)  is often dominating in objectivities. Also “existential questions” etc is used. The relation between the words are never made clear.  The syllabus are in one sense monologial as different meanings of the word are not made explicit, and other utterances are not invoked.

In the interviews the dialogicity is more obvious. Philosophy is mentioned, eg.. Martin Buber, Viktor Frankl, theology (Paul Thillich), but also literature (Lars Gyllensten) and existentialism in a general sence. Other words are not as frequent – but “livsåskådningsfrågor” are of course mentioned, eg. Faith vs. knowledge.

In the last chapter “livsfrågor” is problematized with the help of Andrew Wright and his three metanarrativies within the modern R.E. And the assumption, especially in the syllabus, of “livsfrågor”, as common between cultures and over time is problematized with the help of . feministic theory of knowledge.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Institutionen för didaktik och pedagogiskt arbete, Stockholms universitet , 2010. , 185 p.
Doktorsavhandlingar från Institutionen för didaktik och pedagogiskt arbete, Stockholms universitet, 5
Keyword [en]
religious education, curriculum studies, teacher education, questions of life, existential questions, dialogicity, utterances, chains of utterances
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-32373ISBN: ISBN 978-91-7155-960-9OAI: diva2:280178
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2010-02-12, Dahlströmssalen, Campus Konradsberg, hus D, Rålambsvägen 26 D, Stockholm, 13:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2010-01-21 Created: 2009-12-08 Last updated: 2010-06-15Bibliographically approved

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