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Haute Ecole pédagogique Fribourg

Representations and concepts of professional ethos among Swiss religious education teacher trainers

Rota, Andrea ; Bleisch, Petra

In: British Journal of Religious Education

Over the past two decades, the organisation of religious education classes in Switzerland has undergone profound reforms. Amid the increasing secularisation and pluralisation of the religious landscape, many cantons have introduced a compulsory course that falls under the responsibility of the state and is aimed at teaching basic knowledge about a variety of religions. These reforms have enabled...

Haute Ecole pédagogique Fribourg

Der "Fall Therwil" : (Nicht-)Händeschütteln in der Schule als Frage berufsethischen Handelns

Bleisch, Petra

In: Zeitschrift für Religionskunde / Revue de didactique des sciences des religions, 2016, no. 3, p. 102-107

In November 2015, two brothers (at that time 14 and 15 years old), decided to stop shaking hands with their female teacher for religious reasons. The school found a provisional solution. In April 2016, the “Therwil case” was made public triggering heated debates in media and politics. This contribution discusses the underlying question concerning professional ethos as well as the role of the...