"Worldview": The Meaning of the Concept and the Impact on Religious Education.

J.C. van der Kooij, D.J. de Ruyter, S. Miedema

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The article analyzes the concept of "worldview" in religious education. A distinction is introduced between organized worldviews, more or less established systems with a group of believers, and personal worldviews, individuals views on life and humanity. The focus of the first section is on presenting a more precise description of these concepts by analyzing whether four elements are conceptually necessary: existential questions, moral values, influence in people's acting and thinking, and providing meaning in life. The aim of the second section is to investigate the role "worldview" plays in education and to clarify questions that need reflection when schools want to pay attention to both organized and personal worldviews. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-228
JournalReligious Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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