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An experimental and critical study of the teaching of scripture in secondary schools

Rixon, Lilas D. (1959) An experimental and critical study of the teaching of scripture in secondary schools. PhD thesis, Institute of Education, University of London.

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Abstract

An Experimental and Critical Study of Scripture teaching in Secondary Schools. An investigation into published studies relating to this field suggested that little work had been done which could link its discussion to recent studies of the social climate of the classroom, the psychology of self-involvement and the development of attitudes. For this reason it was decided to undertake an operational study of teachers at work in classrooms and the morning Assembly as an-Act of Worship. Four teachers and seventy-one lessons were observed over a period of two months in four schools, and the material so obtained was supplemented by shorter visits to four other schools. A questionnaire as to attitude towards Scripture as a school subject was also constructed and validated by approved statistical techniques and applied to five hundred and fifty-five pupils in two schools. In addition to the material so obtained more than two thousand pupils of ages nine to fourteen years inclusive, were asked to state their preferences among scripture stories and free comments were invited in supplement, both to this enquiry and to the attitude testing. Essays were also secured from twenty-nine sixth form pupils on the subject; The Morning Assembly as an Act of Worship. From this material it was possible to make comparisons between pupils subjected to somewhat different types of tuition and also relate the comments of certain pupils to the content of the Morning Assembly and the procedures observed. The whole was prefaced by an analysis of the content of selected English reed Syllabuses and by surveys of relevant researches. A comparative analysis was made of the placings in the Agreed Syllabuses of the stories which were most highly preferred by the pupils tested. The report is concluded by a summary of the inferences which it seemed possible to draw and by suggestions for further research

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