Education, morality and religion


Programme description in full
The theme of the research program, the theory and practice of moral and religious education, is studied from both a philosophical and historical perspective.
The philosophical research on moral education investigates which ideals, virtues and principles can be justified as aims and foundations of moral education. Central topics are moral and non-moral ideals in education and of (professional) educators, civic education and the cultivation of public moral virtues, moral principles of sexuality and sex education, and principles of parental responsibility for moral upbringing.
The philosophical research on religious education concentrates on the concepts of religious education (upbringing) and religious development, the character of religious education at Christian primary and secondary schools and the way in which their identity should be conceived, as well as the (dis)continuity of religious education in the school and the family. This research concentrates on the notion of personal religious identity and its optimal conditions of development as well as the fostering of human solidarity are central topics.
The historical research ties into the two philosophical research lines and focuses on the history of Protestant ideas about moral and religious education in the Netherlands from about 1600 to about 1970. Also studied is the history of the so-called pedagogical-prophylactic offensive of different branches of depth psychology in the first half of the 20th century, including its influence on sexual, moral and religious education.

Senior staff
prof. dr. L.F. Groenendijk
prof. dr. S. Miedema
dr. M. Rietveld - Van Wingerden
prof. dr. D.J. de Ruyter
prof. dr. J.W. Steutel
dr. G.D. Bertram-Troost
dr. J. Exalto postdoc

Associated members
Dr. B. Levering (Universiteit Utrecht)

PhD students 
S. Wartena PhD

Participating Department
Department of Philosophy and History of Education