The purpose of this dissertation was to determine Oklahoma public high school students' perceptions of student-initiated prayer clubs within their schools. The study sought to find out whether there are differences in perceptions based on a variety of potential variables, such as student grade level, gender, and peer influences. This quantitative study evaluated if these variables had an impact on whether or not students felt pressured by their peers to join student-initiated prayer clubs; students felt a teacher would give them a higher or lower grade based on their participation in a prayer club, or lack thereof; and students felt they would be treated differently by other students, teachers, and school administrators.
The study included an analysis of more than 600 survey responses from public high school students around the state of Oklahoma. Analyses included a t-test, ANOVA, and correlation. Results showed that (1) There is no significant relationship between gender and students' ability to perceive neutrality in school support for student-initiated school prayer clubs; (2) there is no significant relationship between current grade level and students' ability to perceive neutrality in school support for student-initiated school prayer clubs; and (3) there is a significant relationship between peer pressure and students' ability to perceive neutrality in school support for student-initiated school prayer clubs.
Based on the results of this study, proponents on both sides of this issue may be better able to examine the various arguments and make more informed decisions as related to student-initiated prayer clubs in public high schools.
|Advisor:||Rossow, Lawrence F.|
|Commitee:||Chiodo, John, Maiden, Jeffrey, Scaperlanda, Michael, Vaughn, Courtney|
|School:||The University of Oklahoma|
|Department:||Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Oklahoma|
|Source:||DAI-A 69/04, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, Law, Secondary education|
|Keywords:||Education law, High school, Oklahoma, Prayer club, Religious neutrality|
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