ERIC Number: EJ830515
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 4
Faith Dialogues Foster Identity Development
Small, Jenny L.
About Campus, v13 n6 p12-18 Jan-Feb 2009
The author shares the results of her research with focus groups of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and atheist students who discussed their religious and spiritual beliefs with her and with each other. She offers these students' words in order to encourage other educators to consider hosting similarly structured conversations and to think about the role of faith identity in learning during the college years, as well as how religious privilege, of which many students are keenly aware, affects the campus environment. She also describes the identity development, learning, and personal challenges that foster student development, and introduces the concept of "faith frames," the lenses through which students see the world. These faith frames are linked to students' awareness of religious marginalization in society.
Descriptors: Muslims, Jews, Focus Groups, Student Development, Christianity, Religious Cultural Groups, Cultural Differences, Religious Factors, Beliefs, Spiritual Development, Undergraduate Students, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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