Education and religion in Iran: The inclusiveness of EFL (English as a Foreign Language) textbooks
International Journal of Educational Development Volume 32, Number 2, ISSN 0738-0593 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
The focus of this paper is religion and education with particular reference to EFL (English as a Foreign Language) textbooks. The writers of this paper aim to raise the awareness of research community, educators, and teachers regarding the interconnectedness of religion and education. In the first phase of the study, the researchers scanned a series of secondary-level Iranian EFL textbooks prescribed by the Iranian Ministry of Education to determine religious concepts in the form of linear and/or non linear content. The next phase of research was the analysis of the content to determine the level of inclusiveness of the textbooks in terms of culture and religion. These textbooks were also analyzed to determine whether the propagation of religious content was overt or covert. Finally the impact of religious content in textbooks was discussed with reference to identity and nation building.
Cheng, K.K.Y. & Beigi, A.B. (2012). Education and religion in Iran: The inclusiveness of EFL (English as a Foreign Language) textbooks. International Journal of Educational Development, 32(2), 310-315. Elsevier Ltd.