Should there be wonder and awe? A three- dimensional and four levels comparative methodology used to discuss the ‘learning from’ aspect of English and Norwegian RE
Nyckelord:METHODOLOGY, COMPARATIVE STUDIES, ENGLAND AND NORWAY, RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, LEARNING ABOUT AND FROM
In this article, I will discuss how the idea of ‘learning about and from’ religion in Religious Education (RE) exist in both the English and Norwegian context. A main purpose of this article is to present a suggested template for comparative studies in religious education, where the discussion of this particular issue serves as example of how this can be applied. This template is a synthesis of two sets of ideas. The first is an idea of three dimensions in comparative education: supranational, national and sub-national processes. The second is the idea of levels of curriculum: societal, institutional, instructional and experiential. A basic criterion for my concept of comparative studies is a conception of comparative studies as studies of developments in specific countries/ nations in a supranational perspective. This methodology provides a framework for capturing different levels of national processes within a supranational context, which I believe are relevant for further international and comparative studies of religion in education.