Religious and values education at alternative school approaches

Thesis Type: Doctorate

Institution Of The Thesis: Uludağ Üniversitesi, Turkey

Approval Date: 2015

Thesis Language: Turkish




Different school approaches and models have been put forward all around the world due to such factors as the fact that schools were designed for transfering knowledge rather than providing individual needs, that schools do not take different philosophies of life into account or that un-solicited behaviours have become common in schools. The principal goal of this study is to analyse and discuss the methods and some other properties of religion and values education at schools applying Montessori, Reggio Emilia and International Baccalaureate models, which are among alternative school approaches. Hypothetical framework has been formed in accordance with the literature. The content of the study is limited with the subjects "the fundementals of alternative schools, the properties of Montessori, Reggio Emilia and International Baccalaureate Schools and religion and values education at these schools". Administrators and teachers have been interviewed, and several observations have been performed at some schools in order to collect data. The data has been analysed through descriptive analysis method. Some documents from schools have been analysed through document analysis method. At a result, it has been determined that these schools are more appropriate for the development of students, that alternative school models are preferred as they coincide with the goals of the institution, that schools subjects related with religion and values education may vary from school to school, that education at these schools are served concretely within life and that implicit curriculum are more influential than formal curriculum at these schools.