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Cardus to Undertake an Education and Culture Research Project
Educators want help connecting their day-to-day teaching with long-term social and cultural change. Cardus is therefore undertaking a study of Christian education (K-12) in North America.

The echo is ringing across North America: educators want help connecting their day-to-day teaching with long-term social and cultural change. As they equip tomorrow's institutional leaders, these educators want to better understand what renewal looks like, the calling of seeking such renewal, and the leadership and communication skills they will need to teach and be taught.

About the project

Cardus is commencing a study of Christian education (K-12) in North America. Using both qualitative and quantitative research methods, the study seeks to better understand the academic, spiritual, and cultural outcomes of Christian education including Catholic and Protestant, denominational, ecumenical and home schools.

Is Christian education fulfilling the promise of academic excellence?

  • Committed $650,000 out of a needed $850,000
  • Funding above $850,000 will allow for enhanced project development
  • The duration of the project is two years
  • It will provide a research benchmark and identification of best practices
  • Outputs include a series of scholarly articles, a book, and a major conference

Research questions

  • Is Christian education fulfilling the promise of academic excellence?
  • Is Christian education fulfilling the promise of spiritual formation?
  • Does Christian education significantly influence graduates?
  • Does the approach and content affect these outcomes?

Project components

Quantitative Study: Web-based surveys will be developed and promoted within the broader Christian education community with the aim of securing a large data sample. The surveys will utilize questions from previous surveys to assist in comparative analysis. The same surveys will be distributed using representative sampling methods so that there are controls in place to assist in the analysis and interpretation of the data. The data will be collected during the 2009-2010 academic year.

Qualitative Study: A series of smaller research studies will be commissioned to gather qualitative data which will add depth to the questions asked on the quantitative survey and explore issues which do not lend themselves to quantitative study.

California Table: In December 2007, a group of 37 Christian educational and cultural leaders representing some of the diversity of the sector met in California in a symposium that explored some of the questions at the interface between Christian education and culture. The result of that symposium led to the publishing of a discussion paper and ultimately to this study. A similar meeting will be held in California on December 3-4 of 2009, at which time the major themes of this research project will be explored and developed.

Read more about the education study at Cardus' website.

Originally published on the Cardus website, May 2009.

 

 
 
 
 

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