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ERIC Number: EJ817978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0141-6200
Australian Core Catholic Youth, Catholic Schools and Religious Education
Rymarz, Richard; Graham, John
British Journal of Religious Education, v28 n1 p79-89 Jan 2006
This paper reports on research on the attitudes of a differentiated sample of students to Catholic schools in general and religious education in particular. Core Catholic youth are described, following Fulton "et al." (2000: "Young Catholics at the New Millennium", Dublin, University College Press), as individuals who have an existing connection with the parish community. Some results that emerge from 58 in-depth interviews with 14- and 15-year-old core Catholics are that they value their time in Catholic schools, feel that they are in a safe environment and are not well networked with others of a similar background. Attitudes to religious education by core Catholic youth are described as weak positive. Religious education is not unpopular but is not seen as a discipline that helps resolve some of the difficulties that they experience as young Catholics. These difficulties relate to trying to reconcile what they see as the conflict between the scientific and religious view of creation and many supernatural religious claims.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia