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Religion in Education: Jenny Berglund

25 July 11

Held at the University of Warwick, 25th-26th July 2011

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Jenny Berglund [Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden]

Young Muslims’ Confidence in Teachers Suggests the Importance of Relational Skill

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Dr Jenny Berglund has a particular research interest in Islam and religious education.

Abstract: In the course of reviewing a recent quantitative survey of approximately 1,300 Swedish youths on the subject of religion, leisure activities and other issues, I came across what, from my perspective, was an intriguing finding: some 50% of those that identified themselves as Muslims reported that they confided in their teachers (compared to only 5% of the non-Muslims) for help with personal problems. Supplementing this finding with several studies as well as my own interviews, this paper explores its possible meanings and examines its implications relative to such matters as the value of relational skills in teaching, the content and direction of teacher training, the importance of the teacher-student relationship and the potential of teachers to facilitate integration.

Report and podcasts compiled by Norman Winter. Abstract taken from the conference programme. Recordings of the symposium sessions are substantially complete, but may have been edited in small ways for technical and other reasons.

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