Research project on Religious tolerance 3 July 2014

Driestar University and North West University (RSA) work together on an international research project on religious tolerance. For teachers and teacher training centres it is a very important topic because of the growing diversity in classrooms.

The question is how to deal with a great range of religious backgrounds in education. The theoretical basis of the research project is defined in the monograph ‘Measuring religious tolerance in education’ and in several scientific articles. On that basis a questionnaire has been developed to measure religious tolerance.

The questionnaire is translated into four languages and a trial survey exercise has been carried out in the Netherlands and South Africa. This first trial produced a dataset needed to establish the validity and the reliability of the instrument.

The aim of constructing a questionnaire is to discover the level of teachers’ and teacher trainees’ religious tolerance. Knowing the level of religious tolerance will possibly lead to new interventions in the training of teachers.

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