Analysis of religious education program in terms of secularism and multiculturalism

  • Zeki Arsal
Keywords: Secularism, multiculturalism, religious education, , elementary school program


In this study, the researcher examined the legal background of religious education in Turkey and the philosophy, principles and objectives of Religious and Moral Course Program implemented in formal elementary schools in Turkey with regard to secularism and multiculturalism. In the study, the Constitution of the Turkish Republic, the Basic Law of National Education numbered 1739 and the Religious and Moral Course Program as records were examined. The results of the study showed that the Elementary School Religious and Moral Course Program consists of many objectives related to the secular and multicultural education. However, the results showed that there are same contradictions between the philosophy, principles and objectives of the program and legal bases of secularism and multiculturalism. The Religious and Moral Course Program in Turkey should be revised by considering students with different religious beliefs.


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How to Cite
Arsal, Z. (2014). Analysis of religious education program in terms of secularism and multiculturalism. International Journal of Curriculum and Instructional Studies (IJOCIS), 4(7), 1-12.