About Nordic Conference of Religious Education 2019

NCRE 2019

About Nordic Conference of Religious Education 2019

Objective

The main theme of NCRE2019 is Core elements and big ideas for religious education.

Why core elements and big ideas?

In NCRE 2019 we want to focus on what the core of RE is, or should be, in times when the nature of RE is discussed in the Nordic countries and beyond. To identify core elements has been a key issue for several countries when developing new RE curricula. In England and other places there are also talks of big ideas for RE. Equally challenging is perhaps discussions about what is not core elements. These issues are not particular for RE but is part of a wider educational discourse. At this conference, however, we want to explore what this means for RE. 

What are core content elements? What are core concepts? What are core pedagogical elements? What are core methods of teaching? 

Relevance for all learning environments

Even though the starting point is school education, the choice of topic is also motivated by the potential questions it opens up for in the field of RE more broadly understood. There is a move towards a sharper division between school education and church in most of the Nordic countries and beyond. However, there are variations between nations in respect to church/religion – school relations. In our conference we welcome research on education in the following learning environments: schools and classrooms, kindergarten, religious congregations, homes and digital learning environments, higher education.

Topics of interest include:

  • Core elements and big ideas for RE in different schools and national contexts
  • Church/ religion, state and school relations in education
  • Core elements and big ideas in religious education for preschool teachers
  • Core elements of learning in religious settings such as churches, synagogues, mosques and temples
  • International and comparative research 
  • Powerful knowledge – how is knowledge of religion and worldviews powerful?
  • Existential questions in education and in religious education 
  • Globalization and religious education – wicked problem or glorious opportunity?
  • Human rights and religion/non-religion in education
  • Religion in media and popular culture as resource for RE
  • Threshold concepts in RE
  • Literacy as core element in RE
  • Excursion and interchange between educational settings and society: a big idea?  
  • Students and teacher’s perspectives on religious education
  • Small elements and small ideas – do we also need those?

History of the conference

The Nordic Conference of Religious Education has a history back to the early 1970’s, when scholars first started to meet in order to exchange views on religion and education. For many years the meetings were rather informal and small, but gradually they changed into more of a conference organisation.

Especially from the 2005 conference in Finland, this was established as a new and more rigorous pattern and English was chosen as the main conference language, but with the possibility to present papers also in Scandinavian languages.

From 2015, also the Baltic countries were included as full members in the NCRE conference structure and in the standing committee. Today NCRE is the key Nordic arena for discussing religion, world views, values and education. It is also an international conference where researchers form the rest of Europe and beyond participate. 

 

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The Local Committee

The Local Committee

The Nordic Committee

The Nordic Committee

  • Martin Ubani, University of Eastern Finland
  • Mette Buchardt, University of Aalborg, Denmark
  • Gunnar Gunnarsson, University of Iceland
  • Christina Osbeck, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Olga Schihalejev, University of Tarto, Estonia
  • Geir Skeie, University of Stavanger, Norway

Previous Conferences

Previous Conferences

  • NCRE 2017 – University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland
  • NCRE 2015 – University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
  • NCRE 2013 – University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • NCRE 2011 – Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
  • NCRE 2009 – Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
  • NCRE 2007 – University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
  • NCRE 2005 – University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland