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Religions 2016, 7(4), 40; doi:10.3390/rel7040040

Moral and Cultural Awareness in Emerging Adulthood: Preparing for Multi-Faith Workplaces

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Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA
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Department of Management, Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA
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Department of Psychological Science, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA
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Department of Biochemistry, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA
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Academic Editor: John Bartkowski
Received: 29 January 2016 / Revised: 29 March 2016 / Accepted: 11 April 2016 / Published: 15 April 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Youth, Emerging Adults, Faith, and Giving)
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The study evaluates a pilot course designed to respond to findings from the National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR) and similar findings reporting changes in U.S. life course development and religious participation through an intervention based on sociological theories of morality. The purpose of the study is to investigate the impacts of a business course in a public university designed to prepare emerging adults for culturally and religiously diverse workplaces. The intended outcomes are for students to better identify their personal moral values, while also gaining cultural awareness of the moral values in six different value systems: five major world religions and secular humanism. The study response rate was 97 percent (n = 109). Pre- and post-test survey data analyze changes in the reports of students enrolled in the course (primary group) compared to students in similar courses but without an emphasis on morality (controls). Qualitative data include survey short answer questions, personal mission statements, and student essays describing course impacts. Quantitative and qualitative results indicate reported increases in identification of personal moral values and cultural awareness of other moral values, providing initial evidence that the course helps prepare emerging adults for multi-faith workplaces. View Full-Text
Keywords: religion; morality; faith traditions; emerging adulthood; generational changes religion; morality; faith traditions; emerging adulthood; generational changes
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Herzog, P.S.; Beadle, D.A.T.; Harris, D.E.; Hood, T.E.; Venugopal, S. Moral and Cultural Awareness in Emerging Adulthood: Preparing for Multi-Faith Workplaces. Religions 2016, 7, 40.

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