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The Impact of Religious Studies Courses: Measuring Change in Undergraduate Attitudes


Abstract In the current context of fiscal austerity as well as neo-colonial criticisms, the discipline of religious studies has been challenged to critically assess its teaching methods as well as articulate its relevance in the modern university setting. Responding to these needs, this dissertation explores the educational outcomes on undergraduate students as a result of religious studies curriculum. This research employs a robust quantitative methodology designed to assess the impact of the courses while controlling for a number of covariates. Based on data collected from pre- and post-course surveys of a combined 1,116 students enrolled at Arizona State University (ASU) and two area community colleges, the research examines student change across... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Lewis, Bret Jeffrey (Author) / Gereboff, Joel (Advisor) / Foard, James (Committee member) / Levy, Roy (Committee member) / Woodward, Mark (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Religion / Religious Education / assessment / college / quantitative / religions of the world / religious studies
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 213 pages
Language English
Rights All Rights Reserved
Note Ph.D. Religious Studies 2011
Collaborating Institutions ASU Graduate College / ASU Libraries
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