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Research interests


Toke Elshof is a practical theologist. Her research centers on the development of religiosity within family life, on religious education and school identity, on catechesis within church life and soul care. At the moment, she is conducting empirical research on parental perspectives on catholic primary schools and catholic religious education. She also explores how the generational theory can contribute to a better understanding of the development of religiosity.     

External positions

(Elshof Theologisch Advies)

1 Nov 2017 → …

(VKO - Verus)

1 Jul 2015 → …

Visiting lecturer Catechetics: the Priest - and Deacon education and training course (priester en diakenopleiding Bovendonk)

1 Sep 2014 → …

(Interkerkelijke Stichting NAASTE)

1 Oct 2010 → …


  • Catechesis
  • Family Life
  • Catholic Identity
  • Spiritual Counseling / Pastoral Work / Soul Care
  • Religious Socialisation
  • Religious Education
  • Generational theory

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Research Output 2002 2019

Primary School Parents' Perspectives on Religious Education

Elshof, T. Mar 2019 (Accepted/In press) Global Perspectives on Catholic Religious Education. Buchanan, M. & Gellel, A. M. (eds.). Springer Publishers, Vol. II

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

[Review of the book Katholieke dialoogschool: Wissel op de toekomst, D. Pollefeyt, J. Bouwens, P. Vereecke & L. Boeve, 2016]

Elshof, T. 1 Sep 2018 In : Collationes: Vlaams Tijdschrift voor Theologie en Pastoraal. 48, 03, p. 291-292 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewOther research output

Descending into Hell as a Challenge to Ecclesial Practice: Ratzinger's theology, Prison Chaplaincy and Church Life

Elshof, T. 20 Aug 2018 The Apostles’ Creed ‘He Descended Into Hell’. Sarot, M. & van Wieringen, A. (eds.). Leiden: Brill, p. 134-159 25 p. (Studies in Theology and Religion; vol. 24)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

The Challenge of Religious Education to deal with past and present Catholicism

Elshof, A. J. M. 17 Jun 2018 In : British Journal of Religious Education. 2018

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

religious education

Activities 2006 2019

  • 38 Invited talk
  • 11 Membership of committee
  • 2 Participation in conference
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

religiositeit in jonge gezinnen en de betekenis daarvan voor katholieke scholen

Elshof, T. (Contributor)
14 Mar 201916 Mar 2019

Activity: Participation in conferenceProfessional

Laudatio si and Catholic Education

Elshof, T. (Contributor)
5 Jun 20198 Jun 2019

Activity: Participation in conferenceProfessional

NVAO (External organisation)

Elshof, T. (Member)
16 Nov 2018

Activity: Membership of committeeScientific

Talent voor de Toekomst: kansen voor geloofsvorming

Elshof, T. (Speaker)
13 Mar 2018

Activity: Invited talkPopular