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ERIC Number: ED571733
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 236
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3397-3239-8
ISSN: N/A
Parental Involvement in Elementary Children's Religious Education: A Phenomenological Approach
Bunnell, Peter Wayne
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Liberty University
The issue of parental involvement in religious education is an important one for the family, the church, the Christian school, and society. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to describe parents' concepts and practices of involvement in their children's religious education as evangelical Christian parents in Midwestern communities. This research addressed four research questions: (a) What are evangelical parents' concepts and practices of involvement in their children's religious education? (b) What informs evangelical parents' concepts and practices of involvement in their children's religious education? (c) What content do evangelical parents consider important to their children's religious education? (d) Why do evangelical parents get involved in their children's religious education? (e) What barriers do evangelical parents encounter when participating in the religious education of their children? The research involved 12 participants, parents who exhibited the phenomenon of parental involvement in their children's religious education. Church leaders recommended the participants for involvement in the study. The data collection from these participants included interviews, site documents, and a focus group. The data were analyzed through immersion into the participants' expressed experience, identification of essential qualities of the experience, and synthesis of individual experiences to describe the general essence of the experience. This process led to the identification of eight themes including foundations, forms, facilities, functions, foci, fruit, fights, and feelings of parental involvement in their children's religious education. This analysis also incorporated the qualitative practices of bracketing and member-check. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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