SHOULD BIBLE STUDIES REMAIN IN ISRAELI PUBLIC SCHOOLS? TEACHERS ATTITUDES TOWARD BIBLE TEACHING AS A MANDATORY SUBJECT
Author: Idalovichi I.
Source: Religious Education, Volume 98, Number 2, 2003 , pp. 155-179(25)
Abstract:The purpose of this article is to provide an overview and analysis of attitudes of Israeli K-12 educators and bible teachers toward religious studies. Teachers attitudes toward bible teaching as a mandatory subject are, on the whole, positive throughout the country. The present study addresses the absence of systematic research into the opinions of bible teachers, their worldviews and critical thinking, and how these impact their teaching in practice. The author s findings were integrated within the formulation of a theoretical framework that examined the mainstreams in the cultural-religious structure of Israeli society. Bible studies appear to serve functional needs, and their presence in the Israeli school curriculum is motivated by pragmatic values, not necessarily by religious passion.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2003-01-01