Religion Education in Norway: Tension or Harmony between Human Rights and Christian Cultural Heritage?

  • Bengt-Ove Andreassen University of Tromsö
Keywords: Religious Education, Teacher Education, Educational System, Human Rights, Norway

Abstract

Both research and public and scholarly debate on religious education (RE) in Norway have mostly revolved around the subject in primary and secondary school called Christianity, Religion and Ethics (KRL) (later renamed Religion, Philosophies of Life and Ethics, RLE), not least due to the criticisms raised by the UN’s Human Rights Committee in 2004 and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in 2007 of the Norwegian model for RE in primary and secondary schools. The RE subject in upper secondary school, however, is hardly ever mentioned. The same applies to teacher education. This article therefore aims at providing some insight into how RE has developed in the Norwegian educational system overall, ranging from primary and secondary to upper secondary and including the different forms of teacher education.

Author Biography

Bengt-Ove Andreassen, University of Tromsö

Associate Professor in Religious Studies, Department of Education, University of Tromsö

Published
2014-01-23
How to Cite
Andreassen, B.-O. (2014). Religion Education in Norway: Tension or Harmony between Human Rights and Christian Cultural Heritage?. Temenos - Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion, 49(2), 137-164. https://doi.org/10.33356/temenos.9544
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