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Some religious beliefs and behaviours of Australian Catholic school students

Rymarz, Richard and Cleary, Anthony (2016) Some religious beliefs and behaviours of Australian Catholic school students. Journal of beliefs & values: studies in religion & education, 37 (1). pp. 68-77. ISSN 1469-9362

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Abstract

Students in Catholic schools make up a significant sub group of the Australian population. As such, studies of this group provide valuable information about the religious beliefs and practices of some Australian youth. Many students in Catholic schools express traditional religious views and have relatively high levels of religious behaviours. Over time these levels diminish but in a fashion that invites careful analysis and comparison with standard theories of secularisation. An important finding suggests that student responses are indicative of a loosening of religious affiliation rather than a complete disengagement. These results suggest a more nuanced view of students in Catholic school be adopted with implication for the conduct of Catholic schools in secular cultural contexts.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): Catholic schools, students, religious beliefs, practices
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
Subject Area(s): D - Religious Education
Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2017 11:00
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2017 11:00
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2654

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