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Threshold Concepts in Religious Studies at Swedish Higher Education
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Centre for the Studies of Social Sciences Didactics (from 2013). Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5081-0154
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

To master an academic discipline is a challenge, and different scientific disciplines have their own, specific challenges for novices. Threshold concepts, as developed by Jan H. F. Meyer and Ray Land, have proven to be pedagogically fruitful concepts, related to the gradual mastery, by the novice, of a subject specific perspective. In this paper, the theory is introduced, followed by an overview of uses within Religious Education (RE). Earlier research has primarily focused confessional RE. Through empirical material (interview and survey) from students in science of religion, the general discussion is moved a specific set- ting, in Swedish university teaching of Religious Studies, where it is argued that lived religion, world religion paradigm, emic / etic, and orthodoxy / orthopraxy, could be considered to be threshold concepts in Sweden. These concepts could be viewed as keys into the discipline Science of Religion, and through using the threshold concepts in planning courses, teaching may be improved.

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2018.
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Didactics Religious Studies
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Religious Studies and Theology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-70224OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-70224DiVA, id: diva2:1264879
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International Seminar on Religious Education and Values (ISREV, Session XXI), 29th July to 3rd August 2018, Nürnberg, Germany.
Available from: 2018-11-21 Created: 2018-11-21 Last updated: 2019-05-23Bibliographically approved

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