ERIC Number: ED387413
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Increasing Commitment to Christian Education for Students in Grades 6-12 through Small Groups, Mentoring and Innovative Teaching Strategies.
Powell, H. Grant
The study was designed to increase student commitment to Christian education and was conducted in a church youth group of 150 students in grades 6-12, located in a moderate-sized county. The Wednesday evening program for 6th-12th-grade students was attended by a larger number of youth each week than the Sunday A.M. christian education program. Sunday christian education was structured, sequential and focused on learning content. Wednesday evenings were relational and fun. A coalition of leaders was convened for the purpose of creating a new design and restructuring christian education for youth. Small groups, mentoring, and innovative instructional strategies were introduced in the hope that student attendance, interest, and commitment would increase. The attendance records gauged the students' frequency of attendance over a 32-week period. Increased student interest was evidenced through a student survey. Analysis of the data revealed the students actual attendance in Christian education increased, but the proposed frequency of attendance was not met. A majority of the students indicated a heightened interest due to the small group initiatives, but the stated outcome was not realized. An inquiry of student commitment was conducted by an end-of-implementation questionnaire. Students expressed commitment to Christian education but did not meet the questionnaire expectation. Many forms of commitment were implicit in the activities and behavior of the students. Appendices contain a sample attendance record, the group survey and questionnaire. Contains 14 references. (EH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.