Religious Education and Celebrations in a Dutch Cooperation School

Erik Renkema*, André Mulder, Marcel Barnard

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In this article, the authors present the results of their research at 4 cooperation schools in the Netherlands. These schools are characterized by a specific religious diversity of their student population. Based on theory about religious education and diversity, the authors describe their empirical research on how teachers deal with such religious diversity in rituals: moments of contemplation and celebrations. This study focuses specifically on the expression of school values of encounter, equality of sources, and the focus on students’ life experiences in these rituals. This study is part of broader research regarding religious diversity in cooperation schools.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-109
Number of pages21
JournalReligion and Education
Issue number1
Early online date6 Feb 2018
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018


  • Diversity
  • merging schools
  • religious education
  • school celebrations
  • school identity
  • school values


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