Religious and Professional Beliefs of Teachers [RebeL]

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[Religiöse und berufsbezogene Überzeugungen von Lehrkräften]

Principal Investigators: Manfred Pirner, Stephan Kröner, Annette Scheunpflug (Universität Bamberg)
Staff: Marcus Penthin, Alexander Christ, Nastja Häusler
Period: 2018-2020
Funding: DFG







How do religious or ideological orientations of teachers affect their professional thinking and acting? There is a serious research deficit regarding this question, especially in Europe and Germany. Therefore, we follow the question of how the religiosity of teachers affects their professional tasks – whether as a supporting resource or as a problematic disruptive factor. To pursue this question, we – building up on pilot studies for the development of suitable scales –take an exemplary look on the focus on religiosity and the religious beliefs in a greater invested study with teachers and investigate their connections with professional convictions.


  • Penthin, M., Pirner, M., Scheunpflug, A., & Kröner, S. (2022). Measuring student teachers’ beliefs regarding religion in schools: piloting and preliminary validation of two newly developed scales. British Journal of Religious Education. Advance online publication.
  • Penthin, M., Christ, A., Kröner, S., Pirner, M., & Scheunpflug, A. (2022). Zusammenhänge zwischen religiös-spirituellen und berufsethischen Überzeugungen von Lehrkräften. Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft. Advance online publication.
  • Häusler, N., Pirner, L. M., Scheunpflug, A., Kröner, S. (2019). Religious and Professional Beliefs of Schoolteachers – A Literature review of Empirical Research. International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research Vol. 18, No. 5, pp. 24-41, May 2019.