ERIC Number: ED400246
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Building the Foundations of Faith. The Religious Knowledge, Beliefs, and Practices of Catholic Elementary School Teachers of Religion.
Galetto, Paul W.
This report presents data about Catholic elementary school teachers in light of the trend of the last 50 years, moving from teachers who were predominantly members of religious communities to the present when teachers are primarily laity. During the 1993-94 academic year, there were 112,199 teachers in Catholic elementary schools or which 89.5 percent were lay teachers. A systematic cluster sample of 10 percent was taken from this population. The issues investigated fell into four distinct areas: general Christian dogma; Catholic Church discipline (juridical and canonical issues); Catholic positions on morality; and Catholic dogma. It was found that generally lay teachers are well-informed in some areas of religious knowledge but not in others. Lay teachers generally believe as the Catholic Church believes in certain issues, but in others they do not personally accept the Church's beliefs. If religious knowledge and religious belief are important factors in the hiring of lay teachers, then age, number of years of religious education, and kind of certification are the most important characteristics to look for. Ten data tables are provided; the survey instrument is reproduced in the appendix. (Contains approximately 90 references.) (JLS)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Catholic Educators, Catholic Schools, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Knowledge Level, Lay Teachers, Religious Education, Teacher Background, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Qualifications
National Catholic Educational Association, 1077 30th Street, N.W., Suite 100, Washington, DC 20007-3852.
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC. Dept. of Elementary Schools.