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Assessing student attitude toward Christianity in Church in Wales primary schools: Does aided status make a difference?

Francis, L.J., Lankshear, D.W. and Eccles, E.L. (2017) Assessing student attitude toward Christianity in Church in Wales primary schools: Does aided status make a difference? British Journal of Religious Education. pp. 1-9. ISSN 0141-6200

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01416200.2017.1373067

Abstract

As a consequence of the 1944 Education Act church schools were given the choice of opting for voluntary controlled status or for voluntary aided status. In voluntary aided status the Church had more control but carried greater costs. Within England and Wales this distinction is still maintained. This study measures the attitude toward Christianity of 4,581 year 4, 5 and 6 students (8- to 11-years of age) attending 87 Church in Wales primary schools, and compares the responses of 1,678 students attending controlled schools with the responses of 2,903 students attending aided schools. After controlling for sex, age and frequency of church attendance, voluntary aided status is associated with a more positive attitude toward Christianity. In other words, aided status does make a difference to the attitudinal dimension of students’ religiosity.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2017 Taylor & Francis. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in British Journal of Religious Education. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. This article is the result of the Primary Schools Attitude Survey funded by the St Mary's Centre (a Christian research institute working in the fields of religion and education).
Divisions: Research and Innovation Centre
Depositing User: Emma Eccles
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2018 09:44
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2019 14:20
URI: http://bgro.collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/248

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