Deepening Convictions: Religious Identity and Off-Campus Study
Religion is a central element in global education, fundamentally affecting how students interact with diverse peoples and cultures and what they learn and experience in foreign environments. Nevertheless, the topic has received little attention for quite some time. This study investigates how students’ religious backgrounds, identities, and beliefs influence and are influenced by off-campus programs. Data collected from a number of X College students attending four short-term courses in January 2019 reveal the variety and depth of change in religious identities, demonstrating the need for greater awareness of this facet of student diversity and development.
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