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Religion and Moral Education. Empirical Research into the Moral Consciousness of Trainee Teachers in the Netherlands

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This article deals with the way trainee primary school teachers approach religion in moral education. To explain the relation between religion and reason we use Habermas's framework. We distinguish between three ways of dealing with religion in this context: value communication, value transfer and value presentation Exploratory empirical research shows that trainee teachers recognise only two approaches. The first two are combined. Whether and how trainee teachers deal with religion appears to relate to religious personal characteristics. Those who see themselves as church members and/or involved with a church are more prepared than others to reflect on the meaning of religion and to furnish information about it.


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