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Francis, Leslie J.; Pike, Mark A.; Lickona, Thomas; Lankshear, David W.; Nesfield, Victoria – Journal of Beliefs & Values, 2018
In order to evaluate the impact of the pilot Narnian Virtues Character Education English Curriculum Project, a pilot sample of 86 year 7 and year 8 students (11 to 13 years of age) completed a battery of tests both before and after participating for six weeks in the programme. The battery of tests comprised 12 Narnian Character Virtue Scales…
Descriptors: Ethics, Values Education, Teaching Methods, Pilot Projects
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Francis, Leslie J.; ap Siôn, Tania; McKenna, Ursula; Penny, Gemma – British Journal of Religious Education, 2017
This study begins by examining the way in which, in both England and Wales, Religious Education has become implicated in political discussion regarding the role of education in promoting community cohesion. The relationship between taking Religious Education as an examination subject and attitude towards religious diversity (as an affective…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Community Coordination, Role of Education, Role of Religion
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Lankshear, David W.; Francis, Leslie J.; Eccles, Emma L. – Journal of Research on Christian Education, 2017
The inspection criteria for schools with a religious character within the state-maintained system in England and Wales require the sponsoring body to report on aspects of the distinctiveness of the school ethos and on school worship. This article argues that taking into account the student voice in these areas could enhance the inspection process.…
Descriptors: Inspection, Religious Education, Institutional Evaluation, Educational Environment
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Astley, Jeff; Francis, Leslie J. – Journal of Beliefs & Values, 2016
The "theology of religions" is concerned with the interpretation and evaluation of the divergent truth-claims and views of salvation that are asserted or implied by different religious traditions. This study proposes a new multi-choice index that distinguishes between six current positions within the theology of religions, characterised…
Descriptors: Construct Validity, Ethics, Religion, Beliefs
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Village, Andrew; Francis, Leslie J. – Journal of Catholic Education, 2016
Roman Catholic schools have been part of the state-funded system of education in England and Wales since the 1850s. Currently, Roman Catholic schools provide places for around 10% of students attending state-maintained primary and secondary schools. The present study employed data collected during the 1990s to compare a range of religious, social,…
Descriptors: Social Values, Spiritual Development, Secondary Schools, Catholic Schools
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Francis, Leslie J.; Village, Andrew – Irish Educational Studies, 2015
Northern Ireland has been and remains a religiously divided community. This study sets out to examine outgroup prejudice among a sample of 1799 13-15-year-old students attending Catholic or Protestant schools and employs both bivariate analyses and hierarchical modelling to chart the associations between outgroup prejudice and personal factors…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Catholic Schools, Protestants
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Francis, Leslie J.; ap Siôn, Tania; Village, Andrew – Journal of Research on Christian Education, 2014
From the late 1960s independent Christian schools have emerged in England and Wales, initiated either by churches or by parents. Many of these new independent schools are linked through the Christian Schools Trust. The impact that these schools are exerting on their students may be of interest for the churches with which they are associated and of…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Christianity, Religious Education, Foreign Countries
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Francis, Leslie J.; Whinney, Michael; Robbins, Mandy – Journal of Beliefs & Values, 2013
A sample of 168 bishops, serving or retired, in the Church of England completed the Francis Psychological Type Scales. The psychological type profile of these bishops was compared with that of 626 Anglican clergymen. The bishops differed significantly from the clergymen on three of the four aspects of psychological type. The bishops were more…
Descriptors: Profiles, Clergy, Churches, Foreign Countries
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Francis, Leslie J.; Croft, Jennifer S.; Pyke, Alice – Journal of Beliefs & Values, 2012
Major religious traditions agree in advocating and promoting love of neighbour as well as love of God. Love of neighbour is reflected in altruistic behaviour and empathy stands as a key motivational factor underpinning altruism. This study employs the empathy scale from the Junior Eysenck Impulsiveness Questionnaire to assess the association…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Altruism, Foreign Countries, Empathy
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Francis, Leslie J.; Croft, Jennifer S.; Pyke, Alice; Robbins, Mandy – Journal of Beliefs & Values, 2012
This essay discusses the design of the quantitative component of the "Young People's Attitudes to Religious Diversity" project, conceived by Professor Robert Jackson within the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit, and presents some preliminary findings from the data. The quantitative component followed and built on the…
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Philosophy, Foreign Countries, Social Psychology
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Rolph, Jenny; Francis, Leslie J.; Charlton, Rodger; Robbins, Mandy; Rolph, Paul – Journal of Beliefs & Values, 2011
This study draws on qualitative questionnaire data provided by 22 women ministers of word and sacrament serving within the United Reformed Church in England to provide a health check across the four conceptually distinct areas of physical health, psychological health, religious health, and spiritual health. Here spiritual health is defined in…
Descriptors: Clergy, Females, Physical Health, Foreign Countries
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Brockett, Adrian; Village, Andrew; Francis, Leslie J. – Research in Education, 2010
The Outgroup Prejudice Index is a six-item scale that uses social distance to assess prejudice towards ethnic and religious out groups among Asians and whites. It was developed among a sample of 2,982 teenagers attending schools in northern England who indicated their religion as "Muslim", "Christian" or "No…
Descriptors: Asians, Religion, Construct Validity, Measures (Individuals)
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Francis, Leslie J.; Williams, Emyr; Robbins, Mandy – British Journal of Religious Education, 2010
A sample of 10,851 pupils (5493 males and 5358 females) attending Year 9 classes (13- to 14-year-olds) and a sample of 9494 pupils (4787 males and 4707 females) attending Year 10 classes (14- to 15-year-olds) in non-denominational state-maintained secondary schools in England and Wales completed questions concerned with conventional Christian…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Social Behavior, Adolescents, Personality
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Brockett, Adrian; Village, Andrew; Francis, Leslie J. – British Journal of Religious Education, 2009
The Attitude toward Muslim Proximity Index (AMPI) is a six-item scale that uses tolerance to different degrees of social distance to assess prejudice towards Muslims. It was tested on 1777 teenage school children from northern England who indicated their religion as either "Christian" or "no religion", and demonstrated good…
Descriptors: Social Differences, Muslims, Religion, Construct Validity
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Davies, Geraint; Francis, Leslie J. – Journal of Beliefs & Values, 2007
Survey data provided by 361 headteachers regarding religious education provision at Key Stages one and two within schools in Wales are modelled to distinguish between three main approaches to religious education, characterised as concerned with spiritual development, world religions, and Christian nurture. No differences in emphasis on these three…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Spiritual Development, Religious Education, Surveys
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