Textbook Gods - Genre, Text and Teaching Religious Studies - Bengt-Ove Andreassen

Textbook Gods - Genre, Text and Teaching Religious Studies - Bengt-Ove Andreassen

Bad Religions and Good Religions: The Representation of Religion and Religious Traditions in a New Swiss Textbook

Textbook Gods - Genre, Text and Teaching Religious Studies - Bengt-Ove Andreassen

Katharina Frank [+-]
Zurich University and Lausanne University
Katharina Frank is lecturer in teacher education and senior researcher at the Departments of Religious Studies at Zurich University and Lausanne University. She is interested in the representations of religions in the public sphere and in the research on religion education. Her dissertation, “Schulischer Religionsunterricht - eine religionswissenschaftlich-soziologische Untersuchung,” examines religion education at public schools and develops an empirically-based instrument to identify teaching aims. She is currently working on a on a study of religions based didactics and in a synthesis project of the National Research Programme “Religionsgemeinschaften, Staat and Gesellschaft” of the Swiss National Research

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Over the last couple of years, the religion education of all pupils in Swiss public schools has been more and more institutionalized. This situation has led to a growing market of teaching materials, which all claim to serve as guides for the compulsory new school subject, which has to be a “Religionskunde.” One of these recently published textbooks is the “Sachbuch Religionen. Hinduismus, Buddhismus, Judentum, Christentum, Islam,” which was developed by a team of Christian theologians and scholars of the study of religions. This chapter focuses on the question of how religion and religious traditions are conveyed in this book. Who is speaking? Which fictive readers are addressed? What are the general aims of the texts? Which implicit valuations shape the representations of the different religions? The chapter argues that the images of religions conveyed by this textbook promote similar stereotypes as were recently identified for Swiss media and public discourse.

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Frank, Katharina. Bad Religions and Good Religions: The Representation of Religion and Religious Traditions in a New Swiss Textbook. Textbook Gods - Genre, Text and Teaching Religious Studies. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 62-85 Apr 2014. ISBN 9781781790557. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=23874. Date accessed: 09 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.23874. Apr 2014

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