Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Conveying a biblical worldview to charter school students: A pilot study
by Barke, Steve, D.Min., Biola University, 2014, 414; 3621464
Abstract (Summary)

This doctoral project is a pilot study to assess the effectiveness of a church discipleship co-op designed to convey a biblical worldview to middle and high school students enrolled in charter homeschooling in Southern California. Research by the Nehemiah Institute indicated that 90% of Christian families in the United States send their children to forms of education that are not likely to produce a biblical worldview. Research by The Barna Group, LifeWay Research, and The National Study of Youth and Religion indicated that the vast majority of church-attending children transition into adulthood without a biblical worldview and disengage from church and Christianity as adults. Research by America's Research Group, Probe Ministries, and the Nehemiah Institute indicated that educational experiences in middle and high school determine the worldview of most children raised in Christian homes.

To address this problem some Christian families and churches are turning to public charter schools, as the fastest growing form of education in California and many other states. However, constitutional and state law restrictions forbid charter schools from presenting a biblical worldview in classes or curricula. The participants in this project combined church and family resources to provide supplemental educational experiences to convey a biblical worldview to middle and high school students while they received a public school education by enrolling in charter homeschool.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wilkins, Michael J., Seymour, D. Bruce
School: Biola University
Department: Talbot School of Theology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 75/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Middle School education, School administration, Religious education
Keywords: Biblical worldview, Charter schools, Church discipleship, Homeschooling, Religious education
Publication Number: 3621464
ISBN: 9781303926266
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