School of Education
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Christianity | Education
Barrows, Donald, "Understanding the Times: A Causal/Comparative Study of the Effectiveness of a Christian Worldview Curriculum in Helping Students Develop a Christian Worldview" (2014). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 971.
Christian educators are concerned about the development of a Christian worldview in their students. They also desire that their students maintain that worldview after graduation. In this study, the author attempts to determine the effectiveness of the Understanding the Times Christian worldview curriculum in helping students develop a Christian worldview. To do this, a causal/comparative research design was used as participants took a worldview test to determine the extent to which their worldviews compared with biblical teachings. The researcher sampled a random sample of Christian high school graduates who have taken the yearlong Understanding the Times Christian worldview course at various Christian high schools throughout the United States and a random sample of Christian high school graduates throughout the United States who have not taken the course. The responses of participants to questions in various areas of a worldview such as naturalism, religious relativism, moral relativism, the infallibility of the Bible, and the divinity of Jesus Christ were analyzed. Respondents who had taken the Understanding the Times Christian worldview course while in high school were not revealed to be consistently more strongly committed to biblical teachings and doctrine in these specific areas than were those who had not taken the course.