SIG 19 - Religions and Worldviews in Education


Elina Kuusisto

University of Helsinki, Finland

Laura Hirsto

University of Eastern Finland, Finland

Alexander Unser

University of Wuerzburg, Germany

Mission statement

Religions and worldviews are interdisciplinary fields of research into education, learning, development and socialisation at various levels at schools, universities, families or communities with respect to religion and spirituality. Religions and worldviews are closely related fields of interest since both provide resources for identity development and meaning-making in life. While religions can be understood as sets of practices for establishing a relationship to a transcendent reality, for the sake of obtaining human good or avoiding harm, worldviews – as the broader term – also include non-transcended perspectives on the world, e.g. humanism or naturalism.

The Religions and Worldviews in Education SIG brings together researchers from various backgrounds, such as theology, religious studies, psychology, pedagogy, educational studies and philosophy. The SIG 19 is advocating empirical and theoretical research that includes cognitive, social and emotional components. 

The SIG 19 will focus on the following topics and themes:

  • schools, families and communities as contexts for religious and worldview learning and instruction
  • functions of religions and worldviews in learning processes
  • constraints and affordances for religious and worldview development in schools, families and communities
  • educational and formation goals and practices of schools with respect to values, beliefs and worldviews
  • religious and worldview socialisation within families and communities new ways of understanding religions and worldviews as educational fields


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SIG 19 Biennial Conference 2018

Worldviews in creating meaning and purpose for learning
June 11-13, 2018
University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland

Conference Program

SIG 19 Conference 2018

6th Biennial Conference of EARLI SIG19 Religious and Spiritual Education
June 11-13, 2018

University of Eastern Finland
Joensuu campus, Aurora Building, Yliopistokatu 2
Rooms: AU111 and AU204

MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018
11.00 Registration desk opens
11.00-12.30 Lunch
12.30 Opening of the Conference
13.00-14.00 Keynote 1 Ulrich Riegel
14.15-15.45 Paper Presentations
15.45 Coffee
16.15 Buss to Valamo monastery
17.15 Welcome by Mikael
17.45 Introduction to Valamo
19.30 Conference dinner

TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2018
09.15-10.15 Paper Presentations
10.30-11.30 Keynote 2 Jenny Berglund
11.45-12.45 Paper Presentations
12.45-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.30 Roundtable discussion & Poster session
14.30-15.30 Keynote 3 Shauna Morin
15.30-16.00 Coffee
16.00-17.30 Paper presentations
17.30-18.30 Business meeting

09.15-10.15 Keynote 4 Kirsi Tirri
10.30-11.30 Paper Presentations
11.30-12.30 Lunch
12.30-13.30 Paper presentations
13.30-14.00 Closing