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”IS är väl en del av islam?!”: En kvalitativ studie av mellanstadielärares bilder av elevers uppfattningar om religion, islam och muslimer.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
”Isn’t the Islamic State a part of islam?!” : A qualitative study of how students in the Swedish primary school perceive religion, Islam and Muslims. (English)
Abstract [en]

This study aims to investigate what picture middle school teachers have of their student groups expressing their opinions on religion, both as a social subject but also as a school subject. This study also aims to investigate how these middle school teachers experience their student groups expressing their views on Islam, and Muslims, and to what extent the students are connecting Islam with religious extremism. Based on the results, the study will also investigate to what extent the participant teachers are working with conceptual change in the classroom, and for their students’ individual development in religious education. In conclusion of the results from the investigation, the study will try to perceive to what extent the student groups are in need of conceptual change. The teachers of this study are working at middle schools in Sweden. Two of the teachers participating in the study are working abroad, at two Swedish schools in two other European countries. The reason behind the participation of the two teachers working abroad is to get a wider perspective on the subject, but also to compare the results between students in Sweden and Swedish students abroad. The perspective could have been even broader if the study would have included more teachers from Swedish schools in Europe. In total the study contains fourteen middle school teachers who have been interviewed through two qualitative methods - five of the teachers through individual meetings, and nine of the teachers through online surveys. The study’s results are being presented partly with a qualitative compilation of four tables where each interview has been interpreted through four different questions with different claims. Every claim has a value between 1 and 5, or, 1 and 4, where the higher number gives a more positive result and a lower number gives a more negative result. The study’s results will show that the teachers who experience their student groups to have a more positive view on religion as a subject are also having a more positive view on Islam and Muslims. These student groups are, either never or occasionally, connecting Islam with religious extremism, and at the same time are receiving an education on the meaning behind religious extremism. The results are also showing that the teachers who experience their student groups having a more negative view on religion as a subject also have a more negative view on Islam and Muslims. These student groups are, either sometimes or very often, connecting Islam with religious extremism. These student groups are never, or rarely, receiving an education about the meaning behind religious extremism. The final result of the study will show an interesting connection between the teachers’ perception of the student groups who are connecting Islam, Muslims and the terror group IS, are also not offered an education in the subject regarding religious extremism. The teachers who perceive the student groups to not connect Islam, Muslims and the terror group IS, are offering an education in religious extremism. Therefor, the study is discussinghow middle school students would grow on an individual level when offered a deeper education in religion where world religions would be viewed through different perspectives, where the stereotypic picture of religious actions and religious practice would be outcompeted.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
Keywords [en]
religion, Islam, Muslims, education, middle school, extremism, conceptual change
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Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-74785OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-74785DiVA, id: diva2:1352417
Subject / course
Religious Studies and Theology
Educational program
Primary Education Programme, 240 hp
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Available from: 2019-09-18 Created: 2019-09-18 Last updated: 2019-09-18Bibliographically approved

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