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Textbook religion and lived religion (completed)

This research project is a comparative study of how religion is formulated as an educational object in Norwegian upper secondary textbooks of religious education and among pupils who are practicing members of the religions presented.

About the project

The project is based on the interpretive approach to religious education developed by Robert Jackson, University of Warwick. The study focuses on religion as a shared object and a boundary object between educational activities and activities of religious practice, and discusses the possible implications for religious education in Norwegian upper secondary school.

Material produced in the project will be used in further studies of classroom activity and in studies of student teachers' use of such material as educational resources. Three master students are involved as co-researchers at the present stage of the project.


Vestøl, Jon Magne (2016). Textbook Religion and Lived Religion: A Comparison of the Christian Faith as Expressed in Textbooks and by Young Church Members. Reious Education, Vol. 111, 2016.

Vestøl, Jon Magne (2016). On teaching what cannot be said: Reflections on the role of the unsayable in religious education. Nordidactica -Journal of Humanities and Social Science Education 2016:2.

Vestøl, Jon Magne, Gundersen, Kristin, Kristiansen, Hanne Hellem & Samdal, Astrid Gravdal (2014). Religion in Textbooks and among Young Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims: A Comparative Study. Acta Didactica Norge, Vol. 8, Nr 1, 2014.

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