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Title:Black children and their churches
Author(s):Mask-Jackson, Fleda
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Hill, Jacquetta
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Religion, General
Black Studies
Education, Religious
Abstract:Investigators have long been concerned with how different environments impact on the behaviors and attitudes of children. In this regard, much of the attention has been focused on the school and home environments. The aim of this research was to explore the significance of a major institutional setting in black communities, the church, on black children. Specifically, this investigation was aimed at examining the role of the black church in the socialization and education of black children. Within this context, this investigation addressed issues related to performance and competency. Techniques of participant observation were utilized in a Baptist and African Methodist Episcopal church for an extensive period of time.
Additionally, a case study was conducted as a means to compare and contrast the experiences of children in the church Sunday school with that in the public secular school. Observational data coupled with interviews resulted in an in-depth view of the dimensions of variation in the church experiences of children and their families. This investigation most importantly documented the significance of the black church setting for the enculturation of black children, especially those from isolated middle-class families. Further, the study revealed conflict between the values and sanctioned behaviors in the classroom and the educational setting of the Sunday school.
Issue Date:1991
Rights Information:Copyright 1991 Mask-Jackson, Fleda
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9210908
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9210908

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