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Autoren: Altmeyer, Stefan
Titel: Religious education for ecological sustainability : an initial reality check using the example of everyday decision-making
Online-Publikationsdatum: 7-Mai-2021
Sprache des Dokuments: Englisch
Zusammenfassung/Abstract: There is a widely accepted consensus that religious education, together with all other school subjects, should contribute to the goals of education for sustainable development. As a result, theoretical models have been developed to profile what the specific contributions of religious education might be. However, the question whether religious education can achieve the intended goals has not yet been researched in more detail. More fundamentally, to be able to formulate realistic goals involves the clarification of students’ predispositions. In the light of these questions, the author focuses on an ecological sustainability dilemma, the so-called poplar dilemma, and asks how students react to this conflictive situation and what roles religious orientations play in their responses. Analysis of the responses of a sample of more than 1100, 14- to 16-year-old students at secondary schools in Germany and Austria led to the conclusion that over-reaching, action-changing environmental sustainability goals are probably beyond the reach of religious education as a single subject. Nevertheless, it becomes clear that ecological issues are regarded by many as religious and spiritual questions and can therefore be addressed in a focused way through religious education. The idea of religious stewardship, which implies taking responsibility and addresses both religious and non-religious students, could be particularly promising. Religious education could develop a characteristic profile as an area in which translation between different motivations for engaging in religious stewardship occurs, and where commitments to taking responsibility are sought.
DDC-Sachgruppe: 200 Religion
200 Religion
370 Erziehung
370 Education
Veröffentlichende Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Organisationseinheit: FB 01 Katholische u. Evang. Theologie
Veröffentlichungsort: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publikationstyp: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Nutzungsrechte: CC BY
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Zeitschrift: Journal of Religious Education
Seitenzahl oder Artikelnummer: 57
Verlag: Springer
Verlagsort: Singapore
Erscheinungsdatum: 2021
ISSN: 2199-4625
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DOI der Originalveröffentlichung: 10.1007/s40839-020-00131-5
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