Prof. Afdal’s research interests are within the field of education, values and society. He has worked on how values and knowledge in education may be understood on the background of processes of difference and globalization, both empirically and theoretically. His research interests also include the relation between theory, practice and research, religious education and the understanding of context, and learning and knowledge-creation in congregations. Further subject areas: Learning and pedagogy in general; empirical research on learning and religion; knowledge, mediation and religion; moral education in pluralistic contexts; and tolerance.
Prof. Afdal teaches courses in religious education, empirical methods and philosophy of science and in moral philosophy and pluralism, at all levels.
(with E. Haakedal/H. Leganger-Krogstad) Tro, livstolkning og tradisjon. Innføring i kontekstuell religionsdidaktikk. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, 1997.
“Facts, values and moral education,” in: Nordisk Pedagogikk 24 (2004), 195-211.
Tolerance and Curriculum: Conceptions of Tolerance in the Multicultural Unitary Norwegian Compulsory School. Religious Diversity and Education in Europe 2, Münster: Waxmann Münster, 2006.
“Participative research in religious education : an argument for a dialectical understanding of theory and practice,” in: C. Bakker/H.-G. Heimbrock (ed.): Researching RE teachers: RE teachers as researchers, 2007, 93-107.
Researching Religious Education as Social Practice. Halden: Høgskolen i Østfold, 2007.
“Värde utan grund – men med begrundning?” in: S. Olsson/D. Thurfjell (ed.): Hermeneutik, didaktik och teologi: en vänbok till Björn Skogar. Uppsala: Swedish Science Press, 2008, 87-96.
“Neo-Aristotelianism and the practice of theorizing religious education”, in: H. Streib/A. Dinter et al. (ed.): Lived Religion: Conceptual, Empirical and Practical-Theological Approaches: Essays in Honor of Hans-Günter Heimbrock. 2008, 323-333.
“Religious Education as Research Discipline: An Activity Theory Perspective,” in: British Journal of Religious Education 30 (2008), 199-210.
“Menigheten som lærende fellesskap? Sosiokulturell læringsteoris muligheter og begrensninger som perspektiv på kirkelig læring,” Prismet 59 (2008), 171-182.
“The Maze of Tolerance,” in: G. Durka/L. Gearon et al. (eds.): International Handbook of Religion and Education. Springer Academic Publishers, 2009.
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