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Adolescents’ Perception of Religious Education According to Religion and Gender in Spain

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Department of Research Methods and Diagnosis in Education, Faculty of Education and Sport Science, University of Granada, 52071 Melilla, Spain
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Department of Didactics of Social Science, Faculty of Education and Sport Science, University of Granada, 52071 Melilla, Spain
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Department of Education, Faculty of Education Science, University of Córdoba, 14014 Córdoba, Spain
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Religions 2020, 11(11), 616; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11110616
Received: 27 September 2020 / Revised: 14 November 2020 / Accepted: 17 November 2020 / Published: 19 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Reflecting on the Possibilities of Religious Education Research)
The aim of our study is to verify the influence of Religious Education on Spanish adolescents by applying a quantitative study based on descriptive and social research methods which reflect the religious and social plurality of Spain, with a total of 679 secondary education students. By means of the Delphi technique, an exploratory and semi-confirmatory factor analysis, and a confirmatory analysis using structural equations, the psychometric properties of the questionnaire designed are guaranteed. Using a multivariate analysis of variance, after the Levene test, multiple comparisons are made in order to assess the difference between religions and gender with respect to school Religious Education. Significant differences and large effect sizes are found. The results show first that experiences with regard to religion in school are more positive for the group of Christian women and that of Muslim men; second, that the knowledge of religion helps in the daily development of adolescents; third, that men from the two major religious groups and Jewish women demand more autonomy; and lastly, that students consider that the curricular development of religion in school should be reviewed, although it is confirmed that Religious Education is regarded as important for their life and future development. View Full-Text
Keywords: religious education; interreligious; Christian education; Islamic education; Jewish education; Hindu education religious education; interreligious; Christian education; Islamic education; Jewish education; Hindu education
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Olmos-Gómez, M.d.C.; López-Cordero, R.; García-Segura, S.; Ruiz-Garzón, F. Adolescents’ Perception of Religious Education According to Religion and Gender in Spain. Religions 2020, 11, 616. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11110616

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Olmos-Gómez MdC, López-Cordero R, García-Segura S, Ruiz-Garzón F. Adolescents’ Perception of Religious Education According to Religion and Gender in Spain. Religions. 2020; 11(11):616. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11110616

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Olmos-Gómez, María d.C., Rafael López-Cordero, Sonia García-Segura, and Francisca Ruiz-Garzón. 2020. "Adolescents’ Perception of Religious Education According to Religion and Gender in Spain" Religions 11, no. 11: 616. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11110616

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