The high-school aged demographic of young people in the United States of America, from the ages of approximately fourteen to eighteen, needs hope. Hope is needed to help strengthen them as they face the struggles of life particularly as they go through the adolescent stage of development. This research places the need for hope within the context of Catholic high school religious education and examines The Encountering Jesus Series of textbooks published by Ave Maria Press in accordance with the U.S.C.C.B. curriculum approved framework for the development of catechetical materials for young people of high school age. The goals for this research are: to present a mainline Catholic theological understanding of hope; an analysis of the adolescent stage of development; a profile of Generation Z; and a textual analysis of hope in the selected textbooks. Textbook analysis which uses elements of content analysis is employed to answer the question, “What is the content of hope as presented by the selected Ave Maria textbooks?” The virtue of hope is an essential aspect of sustaining an individual through life’s difficulties and challenges. Young people in this generation and in their stage of development face many obstacles and challenges and are in need of a message of hope. Generation Z is looking for communities of love and acceptance which aid them in developing their authentic selves. The Catholic Church has a rich tradition of hope and recently Pope Francis has made special effort to encourage the need for hope in the lives of young people. This research discovers that there is a gap between what the Catholic Church has to offer young people in terms of hope and the textbooks being developed to inform and instruct them.
|Advisor:||Carter Waren, Mary|
|Commitee:||Ryan, Thomas, Samuel, Nathaniel|
|School:||St. Thomas University|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religious education, Secondary education, Theology|
|Keywords:||Catholic, Gen Z, Hope, Religious education, Teenagers|
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