Keeping it Real: Research Findings on Authentic Community

From: Volume 5, Issue 1: Spring 2008, College & Young Adult Ministry Pages 76-87


Thirty undergraduate senior students at two Christian colleges participated in a semi-structured interview designed to gain a better understanding of students' conceptions, experiences, and ideals of community since they became college students. The interview yielded tape recordings, then transcribed raw data. Authenticity emerged as a prominent theme resulting from verbal analysis and will be the focus of this paper. Implications are drawn for the Christian college campus or church-based college ministry.



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