ERIC Number: ED381756
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing Scripture Reading in a Religious Education Setting through Cooperative Efforts of Parents, Church Leaders, and Teachers.
Peterson, C. Mark
Upon request from parents, students were released from a rural Rocky Mountains high school to take a class in religious education where they were encouraged to read at least one chapter of scripture each day. In addition to daily reading, students were encouraged to ponder what they read and apply it to their daily lives. According to the pre-practicum survey data, students had been in school 5 months. When asked how many of the 5 months they had read daily, 30% had not read daily any month. An additional 30% had read daily for three months or less. Only 25% of the students reported that they often or always pondered the scriptures as they read, and 35% of the students reported that they tried to apply what they read to their daily lives. A scripture reading program was organized where teachers, parents, and ecclesiastical leaders combined their efforts and encouraged the students to read, ponder, and apply the scriptures. Parents and ecclesiastical leaders were provided with motivational statements valuing scripture reading and a reading chart. In the post-practicum survey, 57% of the students reported that they had read daily for at least four of the five months they had been in school, an increase of 40% from the pre-practicum survey. Results also indicated very little change in the percentage of students who reported having pondered or applied the scriptures. (Contains 16 references and 13 tables of data. Appendixes present the church mission statement, student survey instrument, program descriptions, program charts and schedules, and sample certificates and stickers.) (RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mormons; Reading Motivation; Reflective Reading Thinking Activities; Rocky Mountains
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova Southeastern University.