RLE in Vest-Telemark Primary Schools: An Analysis of 10th Graders Perception and Experience in Reference to Tolerance and Solidarity
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Original versionBrown, R.A. RLE in Vest-Telemark Primary Schools: An Analysis of 10th Graders Perception and Experience in Reference to Tolerance and Solidarity. Master thesis, Telemark University College, 2015
RLE in Norwegian primary schools stems from several educational reforms. Based on cultural/social theories, and qualitative data (precisely interviews), this thesis attempts to provide insight into the way the subject-RLE is arranged for 10th graders at three separate schools in Vest-Telemark. It also analyses the views and/or experience of 10th graders concerning RLE, as it relates to tolerance and solidarity. The result of the study shows that RLE is relevant for teaching. Daily lesson is arranged quite differently at the schools. Pupils are exercising tolerance and solidarity as they acquire historical knowledge of major world religions, cultures and/or philosophies of life, on the platform of neutrality and critical thinking. This act therefore offers a hope for an improved future of tolerance, mutual respectand solidarity in Norway, as a nation of cultural diversity.