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ERIC Number: ED493832
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Pages: 40
Abstractor: Author
Influencers of Religious Engagement in the First Year of College
Hartley, Harold V., III
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) (46th, Chicago, IL, May 14-18, 2006)
The purpose of this study was to identify factors that influence a deepening of students' religious engagement in the first year of college. Recent studies have challenged the findings of more than three decades of research that found attending college leads to a decline in students' religious beliefs and practices. This study extends those recent findings by exploring the factors that lead to increased religious engagement. Multiple linear regression was employed to measure predictor effects on three measures of religious engagement in the spring semester, as well as to determine antecedents of religious involvement and strength of religious faith in the fall semester. This study found that religious engagement in high school positively influenced fall religious engagement, which in turn positively influenced spring religious engagement. A proposed theory of religious engagement, rooted in Astin's Theory of Involvement, is advanced. Additional findings, as well as implications for policy and practice are discussed. (Contains 5 tables and 1 figure.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A