Values, Religions and Education in Changing Societies

  • Karin Sporre
  • Jan Mannberg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Societal Changes Posing New Questions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Karin Sporre, Jan Mannberg
      Pages 1-6
    3. Geir Skeie
      Pages 45-49
    4. Denise Zinn, André Keet
      Pages 75-91
    5. Kerstin von Brömssen
      Pages 93-100
  3. Religious and Moral Education in Changing Societies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. John Valk
      Pages 103-119
    3. Sven Hartman
      Pages 121-127
  4. Towards the Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Catherine A. Odora Hoppers
      Pages 147-156

About these proceedings


Education is a societal matter and takes place in relation to societal changes. Today, in many countries, it has to grapple with diversity and differences brought about by migration and changes in gender relations. Questions of values, human rights and the role of religions are raised. In this book scholars from Sweden, Norway, Germany, Great Britain, Canada, Namibia and South Africa discuss the issues above. Similarities as well as differences are highlighted. The varied contributors engage in a North-South dialogue. Among the questions addressed are: Can the Scandinavian countries be understood as more religious than their up-to-date, seemingly secularist reputation has led us to believe? How do some European, Muslim, Christian and secular pupils understand the religious education they receive? Could a global citizenship education, with a gendered understanding as an integral part, be accomplished? ‘Diversity’ and ‘social justice’: what does it take to theoretically integrate these two crucial parameters in education, in South Africa, and in Sweden? The role of religious and values education under changing circumstances is explored through the diverse contributions, that also challenge the hegemony of a Western understanding of democracy, among other values. The purpose of this is to assess what could now constitute global educational common ground.


UMEA university academic disciplines changing societies conference proceedings global citizenship education islam in education migration religion religious and moral education schools teacher education

Editors and affiliations

  • Karin Sporre
    • 1
  • Jan Mannberg
    • 2
  1. 1.Umeå UniversityUmeåSweden
  2. 2.Umeå UniversityUmeåSweden

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