ERIC Number: ED168943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
General Religious Studies Content in the Psychology of Religion.
Goldsmith, W. Mack
Results of a survey to determine student demand for religious studies content in introductory psychology and sociology of religion courses are discussed. The survey was administered to 382 members of the American Psychological Association and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Respondents reported that approximately one-fourth of their courses were devoted to religious topics and three-fourths of the courses were devoted to the main discipline, either psychology or sociology. Approximately one-half of the students in these courses were primarily interested in religion rather than the main discipline; thus the demand for religious content such as comparative religions or theology was moderately heavy. Although many instructors reported trying to accommodate the student demand, the consistent reply to the student responses was negative; generally, instructors do not perceive that the goals of their courses include providing religious studies content. Therefore, respondents indicated that considerable tensions existed between students and instructors because their respective course goals differed substantially. Techniques used by instructors to accomodate the student demands include concrete assignments: student religious autobiographies, participation in religious services, resource speakers, and student-initiated taped interviews. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Coll., Stanislaus.
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 30, 1978) ; Parts may not reproduce clearly