Student Voices on Theology and Learning in Community

From: Volume 6NS, Issue 2: Fall 2002 Pages 43-54

Abstract

Those of us who work on a college campus frequently hear the term community - often with varying meaning. This study seeks to determine how college students understand community: what is community; where have they experienced it; why is it so important to them; and what are essential components of community? Thirty undergraduate senior students at two Christian colleges were interviewed in February 2000. A semi-structured interview protocol was designed to gain a better understanding of students' conceptions, experiences, and ideals of community since they became college students. The interview yielded tape recordings and then transcribed raw data. Verbal analysis provided several recurrent themes. Students' conceptions on the relationship between theology and community, and learning and community, are discussed in this paper. Implications are drawn for the Christian college campus.

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