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Pandya, Samta P. – Religious Education, 2018
Based on a one-year longitudinal experimental study with 3,782 kindergarten school children across 15 countries, this article examines the association between prayer and happiness. Results show that the post-test scores on the faces scale were higher for the participant group who had taken the prayer lessons vis-à-vis the comparison group.…
Descriptors: Scores, Cross Cultural Studies, Christianity, Pretests Posttests
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Bentley, Peter S.; Buchanan, Michael T. – Religious Education, 2017
The characteristics of a spiritual direction formation program as part of a postgraduate course were compared with a range of standard higher education academic agendas of learning. The formational characteristics included acknowledgment of prior experience, cooperative community approaches to learning, teachers as partners in learning, reflective…
Descriptors: Church Related Colleges, Christianity, Graduate Students, Comparative Analysis
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Gross, Zehavit; Rutland, Suzanne D. – Religious Education, 2014
The aim of this research is to investigate the intergenerational changes that have occurred in Australian Jewish day schools and the challenges these pose for religious and Jewish education. Using a grounded theory approach according to the constant comparative method (Strauss 1987), data from three sources (interviews [296], observations [27],…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Generational Differences, Barriers, Jews
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Webber, Ruth; Singleton, Andrew; Joyce, Marie R.; Dorissa, Arrigo – Religious Education, 2010
Christian-based youth ministry in many Western countries is being conducted in difficult circumstances. How might denominations, parishes, and youth workers best approach youth ministry? Theologian Arthur Canales (2006) proposes eight different models of youth ministry. Drawing on Canales' typology, this article considers youth ministry among the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Spiritual Development, Religious Education, Youth
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Crisp, Beth R. – Religious Education, 2009
Once taught almost exclusively in seminaries, spirituality is now finding its way into the curricula of professional training for health and welfare workers. How this should occur, particularly within the context of the secular university, raises many questions and may require different approaches to those used to teach spirituality to theological…
Descriptors: Professional Training, Religious Factors, Social Work, Spiritual Development
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Conyer, Bryan – Religious Education, 2009
Pluralism is an ambiguous term with a multiplicity of meanings. In recent decades there has been a proliferation of a newer category of Jewish Day Schools, the Jewish Community School. Jewish Community Schools distinguish themselves by positioning pluralism as a foundational concept of their school's ethos. Very little is known about how…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Jews, Day Schools, Cultural Pluralism
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Littleton, John – Religious Education, 2008
The vision statement of St. Saviour's Anglican Church in the Parish of Glen Osmon reads, "We aim to be a worshipping, caring, learning and serving Christian Community." These four aspects of Christian Community are essential and inter-related. The intention in the first part of this article is to explore the "learning" aspects…
Descriptors: Church Programs, Leadership Responsibility, Spiritual Development, Religious Education
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Hyde, Brendan – Religious Education, 2008
Empirical research exploring the spiritual lives of young children in Australia is a field in which scholarship is beginning to emerge. This article reports on one particular finding that emerged from an Australian study seeking to identify some characteristics of children's spirituality in Catholic primary schools. The characteristic has been…
Descriptors: Religion, Foreign Countries, Religious Factors, Religious Education
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Kameniar, Barbara – Religious Education, 2007
This article offers an analysis of religious education practice through the literature that informs it. It engages Derrida's critique of the "metaphysics of presence" (1982a) to develop a theoretical framework for a new look at the ways in which different approaches to religious education represent religion and racial difference. The…
Descriptors: Racial Differences, Foreign Countries, Religious Education, Teaching Methods
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Buchanan, Michael T. – Religious Education, 2005
This article brings together some of the literature on worldwide trends in religious education that have influenced the delivery of curriculum in this field in Australian Catholic schools. The approaches to religious education since the time of European settlement in Australia are surveyed in light of international trends and the pedagogical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Religious Education, Catholic Schools
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Engebretson, Kathleen – Religious Education, 2003
This article brings together some of the literature and research on young people and spirituality from Australia and elsewhere. Using Harris's (1998:109) seven-component approach to defining spirituality, the literature and research about young people and spirituality are grouped and described as such: personal\communal; concerned with justice and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Adults, Religious Education, Religious Factors
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Dorman, Jeffrey P.; Mcrobbie, Campbell J.; Foster, William J. – Religious Education, 2002
Over the past thirty years, independent lines of research in the fields of classroom environment and student attitudes toward Christianity have been conducted. This research brought these two fields together by investigating the relationship between student perceptions of religion classroom environment and their attitudes toward Christianity. A…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Christianity, Religious Education, Multivariate Analysis
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Lovat, Terence J. – Religious Education, 1995
Describes the efforts to incorporate and represent Hindu and Muslim theology in Australia's secondary schools' Religious Studies curriculum. These efforts included literature reviews as well as historical and ethnographic research. Argues that the current incorporation represents merely a first step and advocates further expansion and research.…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Maintenance, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Enrichment
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Rossiter, Graham M. – Religious Education, 1988
Discusses changes in Catholic religious education since the second Vatican Council. Addresses the contribution of classroom instruction to young people's religious education and identifies some aspects of shared praxis and appropriation of the faith tradition. States that improvement of religious education requires an upgrading of its role in the…
Descriptors: Catholic Schools, Catholics, Educational Change, Foreign Countries
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Elias, John – Religious Education, 1989
Analyzes and contrasts a number of Roman Catholic documents, published in the United States and foreign countries, emphasizing theological themes which are presented as central to adult religious education. Focuses on the tension between church authority and adult education principles. Concludes that the optimism of the documents is diminished by…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Programs, Catholic Educators