A descriptive study of religious education teacher training practices in the Church of the United Brethren in Christ

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dc.contributor.advisor Murk, Peter J., 1942- en_US
dc.contributor.author Lightner, Leslie Lynn en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:28:12Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:28:12Z
dc.date.created 1999 en_US
dc.date.issued 1999
dc.identifier LD2489.Z64 1999 .L54 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/177730
dc.description.abstract The study collected information about training practices in local churches of the United Brethren in Christ. A mailed questionnaire was used to collect data from 230 churches nationwide. The instrument contained 22 questions, divided into three sections: (a) teacher involvement in religious education, (b) teacher training, and (c) demographic information. The return rate was 65.7% (151 surveys). Frequency counts and percentages were obtained. Data were summarized in table and narrative form. Cross-tabulations were completed between selected demographic variables and the provision for teacher training.Selected findings included: (a) among 15 possible religious education activities, at least two-thirds of the churches reported using teachers in five of them; (b) over half of the churches (51%) provided some form of training; (c) among those providing some form of training the scope was limited; (d) difficulty in scheduling and lack of fiscal resources were identified as the greatest obstacles to training; (e) training was more common in churches with larger attendance figures for worship and Sunday school.The following conclusions were formulated: (a) the extent to which teachers were used in religious education activities was affected by the scope of programs offered; (b) in the absence of a mandate for training, scheduling and scarce resources were negative factors; (c) even in churches conducting training, the activity was not a high priority; (d) reliance on consultants and conferences reflected the fact that churches did not conduct theirfor pastors to require training; and, (f) training occurred more often in larger churches where adequate resources and formal approaches to programming were common.Six recommendations were presented: (a) the denomination should develop and disseminate a position on teacher training; (b) pastors should be exposed to educational programs stressing the importance of training teachers; (c) the denomination should formulate and make available more programs and materials to support training; (d) the issue of effectiveness of training programs should be examined; (e) research on the selection, supervision, retention, and evaluation of teachers should be conducted.own training; (e) using volunteers made it more difficult en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Educational Leadership
dc.format.extent xii, 146 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Christian education -- Teacher training -- United States. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Christian teachers -- In-service training -- United States. en_US
dc.subject.other Church of the United Brethren in Christ (Old Constitution) -- Teaching office. en_US
dc.subject.other Church of the United Brethren in Christ (Old Constitution) -- Adult education -- United States. en_US
dc.title A descriptive study of religious education teacher training practices in the Church of the United Brethren in Christ en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (D. Ed.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1117655 en_US

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