ERIC Number: ED430302
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Catechetical Leaders: A Statistical Profile. A Follow-up Study to the 1986-1992 Progressive Study of Parish Directors of Religious Education Training and Educational Needs.
Walters, Thomas P.; Walters, Rita Tyson
This statistical profile is a followup to a previous National Association of Parish Catechetical Directors' (NPCD) study of catechetical leadership. Since 1985, the NPCD, which is a professional association of approximately 1,700 parish catechetical/religious education leaders, has surveyed parish Directors to profile their training and educational needs. The results in this current profile were obtained from 753 questionnaires. The findings offer a wide variety of information on catechetical leaders. Included are statistics on gender, age, marital status, years as catechetical leader, years in present parish, manner of employment, months of the year employed, salaries, salary satisfaction, benefits, preparation for catechetical leadership, degree majors, degrees being pursued, and areas of responsibility in the parish. Also included in the study is information on religious education budgets and the percentage of parish budget allocated for parish religious education programs and parochial schools. The findings present details on catechetical effectiveness, catechetical concerns, and NPCD services. A final section analyzes popular beliefs about directors, such as the notion that directors of religious education are an aging population. The study concludes that earlier trends, such as steady increases in salaries and men receiving higher salaries than women, continue. Overall, catechetical leaders shared optimism about the future of catechetical education. (RJM)
Descriptors: Catholic Educators, Catholic Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Patterns, National Surveys, Personnel Data, Profiles, School Personnel, Trend Analysis
National Catholic Educational Association, Publications Dept., 1077 30th Street, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20007-3852; Web site: http://www.ncea.org
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Authoring Institution: National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC.