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VAN DER WALT, J.L. et al. Die stand van interreligieuse toleransie by 'n groep Suid-Afrikaanse onderwysstudente. Koers (Online) [online]. 2015, vol.80, n.2, pp.1-12. ISSN 2304-8557.
Religious tolerance has become one of the most important issues of the current century in view of the many atrocities perpetrated in the name of religion by extremist groups. Of great concern to teacher educators is whether current final year students display the degree of religious tolerance that would be required from them when they have to deal with religious differences among their future students and in the communities in which they will practise their profession. A questionnaire, of which a copy is attached to this article and which may be used by interested parties after having acquired permission to do so, was constructed, based on a conceptual and theoretical framework in which the issue of religious tolerance is examined in detail. The questionnaire was administered to a sample of 300 teacher education students (drawn from a population of around 3000). The results show that while there are certain points of concern, such as that the respondents tend to withdraw from others with different belief systems and tend not to trust them, there are no great concerns about the state of religious tolerance in this particular group of students.
Keywords : Religion; Faith; Belief; Tolerance; Religious tolerance; Teacher education.