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Explain the effects of religious schooling and personal religious commitment on African American and Hispanic students’ academic achievement.

Religion in public schools- lit review outline

Thesis Statement:

A. The effects of religious schooling and personal religious commitment on African American and Hispanic students’ academic achievement.
One of the educational topics of greatest concern is how to increase the academic achievement of Black and Hispanic children. Some social scientists have asserted that religion can play a role in increasing the educational outcomes of these children (Hall, 1986; Lee, 1987; Neal, 1997; Zern, 1987, 1989). (please paraphrase)
1.religious schooling a personal religious commitment
2. Increased achievement in schools
3. positive impact on school related behavior

William, J. H., (2003). A meta-analysis of the effects of attending religious schools and religiosity on black and Hispanic academic achievement. Education and Urban Society. 35(1) p.27, doi: 10.1177/001312402237213.

B. Relationship between religiosity and conduct problems in a racially diverse sample of high school aged adolescents
Research to date suggests that religiosity generally has positive effects on mental health outcomes in both adults and youth (Chatters et al. 2011; Kaslow et al. 2004; Levin and Chatters 2008). Several investigators have suggested that religiosity may be protective against poor mental health outcomes because it enhances social integration and encourages prosocial behaviors. (please paraphrase)
1. links to positive effects on mental health
2. Females and African American adolescents were more likely to be involved in church activies and describe religious coping styles.

Molock, S., Barksdale, C. (2013). Relationship between religiosity and conduct problems among African American and Caucasian adolescents. Journal of Child & Family Studies, 22(1) 4-14. doi: 10.1007/s10826-012-9584-2.

C. The rich religious diversity in Canada provides a particularly relevant context for the study of interreligious relations.
The composition of Canada’s cultural, social, linguistic, and religious population is rapidly changing. Visible minorities constituted 16.2% of the population in 2006 and are expected to increase to 20% of the population by 2017 (Statistics Canada, 2008). Similarly Canada’s religious make up changed noticeably in recent decades with some of the largest increases among Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, and Buddhist denominations. The Muslim population represented 2% whereas Hindus, Jews, and Sikhs each represented about 1% of the Canadian population in 2001. (please paraphrase)
The diverse structure of Canadian society makes it imperative that various ethnic groups with very different cultural and religious backgrounds and practices try to get along in their new homeland (Logan, 1991). (please paraphrase)

1. Religious Diversity is a challenge
2. intergroup attitudes
Zafar, S., Ross, E. C., (2014). Interreligious Contact, Attitudes, and Stereotypes: A Study of Five Religious Groups in Canada. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 47(1) 37-46. doi: 10.1037/a0036720.

Link this paper to psychology.
Many psychologist consider religion to be a minor concern then a major one.

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