Three Perspectives on the Science-Religion Issue in Science Education: Interdisciplinarity, Value or Ideology Orientation and Responsible Personalization

  • Jostein SætherEmail author
Part of the Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education book series (CTISE, volume 48)


What principles should guide the teaching of controversial, value- or ideology- oriented topics in science education? An answer to this question may provide a frame of reference for the science-religion-worldview issue in school contexts, as well as a necessary background for my main question: Is interdisciplinarity the way to go, and how important is responsible personalization (subjectification) in this context? References to selected sources aim to build connections between the literature on science education and educational theory of a more general character. This chapter is not simply one more contribution from the perspectives of theology, philosophy and science on the relationship between science, worldviews, ideologies etc. However, in the introduction, I summarize a knowledge base for the following discussion. The purpose is to highlight challenges and dilemmas by discussing a didactic model combined with ten theses, which relate to the claim that interdisciplinarity, value or ideology orientation and responsible personalization are necessary preconditions in science education. To concretize, I refer particularly to the debate on methodological versus metaphysical naturalism.



Thanks to my colleagues Solveig Magnus Reindal, Njål Skrunes and Geir Olav Toft. The models we have developed originate from The Linnaeus International Project on Integrative Approaches within Teacher Education initiated by Lena Fritzén and Anna Tapola, Linnaeus University, Sweden, with financial support from The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT), Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ), Linnaeus University, and NLA University College (Norway). Thanks also to the editors and reviewers.


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  1. 1.NLA University CollegeBergenNorway

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