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Journal for the Study of Religion

On-line version ISSN 2413-3027
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NAIDOO, Marilyn. A REDCo study: Learners' perspectives on religious education and religious diversity in Catholic schools in South Africa. J. Study Relig. [online]. 2015, vol.28, n.1, pp.165-201. ISSN 2413-3027.

Societies are changing rapidly, and in many countries there is an ongoing debate on the role of multiculturalism and religious diversity. REDCo, an international comparative research project set out to investigate whether developing ideas on multiculturalism and religious diversity influenced school pupils' views on these issues. A South Africa project was conducted to understand how learners experienced religious diversity within a new approach to religious education in South Africa. To answer the research question, the REDCo II questionnaire was used in Catholic schools. The descriptive study revealed that learners are generally positive towards the role and function of religion in schools. This indicates that Catholic schools are approaching religious education from a multi-faith perspective where teaching about other religions does not threaten the identity of the Catholic schools. Further research of qualitative nature is required to deepen the findings and to formulate theoretical and practical approaches to teaching religion education for use in religious schools.

Keywords : Religion education; religious diversity; Catholic schools; South Africa; independent education; religious socialization; tolerance; REDCo.

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