COMPARING EPISTEMOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT AMONG PRE-MINISTRY UNDERGRADUATES ATTENDING CONFESSIONAL VERSUS NON-CONFESSIONAL LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES OR UNIVERSITIES

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COMPARING EPISTEMOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT AMONG PRE-MINISTRY UNDERGRADUATES ATTENDING CONFESSIONAL VERSUS NON-CONFESSIONAL LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES OR UNIVERSITIES

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Title: COMPARING EPISTEMOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT AMONG PRE-MINISTRY UNDERGRADUATES ATTENDING CONFESSIONAL VERSUS NON-CONFESSIONAL LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES OR UNIVERSITIES
Author: Leatherman, Warren Dale
Advisor: Trentham, John D.
Abstract: Most institutions of higher education within North America originated as

Christian Institutions, with the purpose of preparing students to work in vocational

Christian ministry. During the nineteenth and twentieth century, due to secularization

and the enlightenment movement, most of these same colleges and universities have

transitioned away from their original Christian mission and biblical values.

Liberal arts colleges that remain true to biblical values and a commitment to a

Christian mission are considered confessional institutions. Liberal arts colleges that no

longer remain true to biblical values and do not hold to a Christian mission and value

system are considered non-confessional. Today, there exists only a small subset of North

American colleges that would be considered confessional.

This qualitative research study explores the variance of epistemological

development in pre-ministry students attending confessional Christian liberal arts

colleges or universities versus pre-ministry students attending non-confessional Christian

liberal arts college and universities, using the Perry Scheme as the theoretical lens.

This research supplements a previous study conducted in 2012 by John David

Trentham. Trentham’s original research sought to examine epistemological development

for pre-ministry students attending Bible colleges, confessional Christian liberal arts

colleges and universities, or secular universities. This new study seeks to add to the

original body of research by also examining pre-ministry students attending nonconfessional

institutions.

URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10392/5339
Date: 2017-05-31

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