Special Issue “Religious Diversity and Social Studies Education”
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2024
This issue will explore how and to what degree religious diversity is being taught in K-12 social studies classrooms and included in official school curricula and teacher education programs. Religious diversity includes those with nonreligious worldviews, such as humanism or those who identify as spiritual but not religious. Examining religious diversity is timely, as Western societies are increasingly secular, yet the majority of citizens in 23 of the 34 countries surveyed by the Pew Research Center (Tamir et al., 2020) indicated that religion is somewhat or very important to them. In many contexts, migration contributes to religious diversity, as religion can play significant and complex roles in the migration experience (Frederiks, 2016). Thus, even with the changing landscape, religion still plays a considerable role in societies around the world. Given that social studies is the school subject most attuned to societal trends and their impacts on citizenship, social studies teachers and teacher education programs are grappling with how to teach about diversity and the increasing polarization that arises from religious diversity, as well as how to honour diverse religious identities so that all students can flourish.
Dr. Erin Reid, Faculty of Education, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB
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Deadline/Date: January 31, 2024