This study investigated the following overarching questions: Why do some Americans support religious expression and prayer in public schools while others oppose it? What accounts for the variation in support for school prayer? Previous research on this question indicated that support for religious expression and prayer in public schools varies by geographical regions in the United States, whereas Americans in some regions are more likely to support religious expression and prayer in public schools than those living in other regions. In an effort to explain this regional variation, Feig (1990) developed a model that suggested this regional variation is due to four major factors: demography, political orientation, moral values, and religiousness. Were it not for these factors, he claimed, there would be no regional variation for religious expression and prayer in public schools. Hence, regional variation is due mainly to these four factors.
Viewed as an exploration of Feig’s (1990) model, this study shows that the correlation between region and attitude on religious expression and prayer in public schools is partially due to the factors in Feig’s (1990) model. It provided evidentiary support by measuring the strength and direction of the relationship between the four factors and support for religious expression and prayer in public school. It also attempted to ascertain how much variation in support for religious expression and prayer in public schools is accounted for by the factor combination.
|Advisor:||Fossey, William R.|
|Commitee:||Hoffman, Sharon, Slator, Robert O.|
|School:||University of Louisiana at Lafayette|
|School Location:||United States -- Louisiana|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Education Policy|
|Keywords:||American public schools, Establishment clause, First amendment, General social survey, Prayer, Religious expression|
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