Reflecting on the dream to educate Adventist youth to proclaim the three-angels message, the author comments on the role of the Valuegenesis studies in helping educators assess what is happening is schools, churches, and homes. Also in this issue:
Religiosity and Risk - The Influence of Adolescent Faith on Behavior
This study examined the relationship between various measures of religiosity, including intrinsic and extrinsic religious orientation, vertical and horizontal faith maturity, Christian orthodoxy, and religious practice, and the adolescent risk behaviors of...
School Chaplaincy Is Effective but Could It Be Better?
"Analysis of the data collected in the Valuegenesis II study of 3263 students in Seventh-day Adventist schools, indicates that 63% consider the school chaplain has influenced their development of faith. Further, school chaplaincy is associated with statistically...
Selected variables related to alienation from religion as perceived by students attending Seventh-day Adventist academies in the United States
Grade 9-Grade 12
Problem: Some young people who are reared in religious homes reject the religion of their parents upon reaching adolescence. This is a matter of crucial concern to church youth leaders as well as to parents. It was the purpose of the present study to...
The Adventist School System and Values Transmission
"In 2011 Valuegenesis, a major survey of beliefs
and values and how they are generated was undertaken for a second time twenty years after it was completed in 1992. It revealed the strength of the concert between the home, the church and the school...
The Complex Religion of Teens
Sometimes adults are frustrated with teenagers because they behave like . . . well, teenagers. We forget that they are not adults; nor are they children. Stuck in a tricky, unfamiliar place between childhood and adulthood, they are struggling to define their...
The Life and Religious Beliefs of the Iraya Katutubo: Implications for Christian Mission
"This qualitative study focuses on the understanding of the traditional religious beliefs and their impact on the Iraya Katutubo of Occidental Mindoro. It explores how Christian beliefs have affected their lives. Selected indigenous adults were interviewed...
The relationship between experiences of Master of Divinity students at the Seventh-day Adventist theological seminary and their spirituality
Problem: The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between the experiences of Master of Divinity students while enrolled in the seminary and their level of spirituality upon completion.
Toward an objective measure of moral development for children
Method A quantitative research...
Problem: Research on moral development in school-age children has been hampered by the lack of measurement tools based on a comprehensive model that includes moral cognition, moral emotions, and moral behavior. This study presents the first step toward...
VG1 A megastudy of faith maturity and its relationship to variables within the home, school, and church
Grade 6-Grade 12
Concern with declining enrollment and commitment in Seventh-day Adventist schools in the United States and Canada led to one of the largest studies ever undertaken by any church group. The research involved nearly 11,000 6th through 12th grade youth and another...
VG1 A synopsis of the Valuegenesis Study of faith maturity and denominational commitment
Concern with declining enrollment and commitment in Seventh-day Adventist schools in the United States and Canada led to one of the largest studies ever undertaken by any church group. Searth Institute, a non-denominational Minneapolis research firm, was commissioned...
VG1 Faith in the Balance
This volume in the Project of Affirmation series furnishes a thorough analysis of the data and findings of the monumental research study called Valuegenesis. Valuegenesis provides insight into the significance of the role of the local church, the school, and...
VG1 Faith Maturity and Denominational Loyalty in Adventist High Schools in Mid-American Union
A causal-comparative study, the task of this quantitative dissertation was the replication of the Valuegenesis study in the Mid America Union with attention to an accurate sampling of the public school sector. This data was compared with the original data...
VG1 Faith maturity and social concern in college-age youth - Does Christian education make a difference?
One persistent criticism of Search Institute's Valuegenesis study was the inappropriateness of the scale used to determine faith maturity. In this article, the author uses two revised faith-maturity scales, developed by Jerome Thayer, to examine a new sample...
VG1 Faith Maturity Scale: A reply to Jerome Thayer
A response to Thayer's proposal of a short-form of the Faith-Maturity Scale used in Valuegenesis I
VG1 Good Adventist Schools Making a Difference
This article looks to the Valuegenesis research to show how Adventist schools can make a difference for the students who attend. It provides suggestions on encouraging academic excellence, strong relationships, school climate, ways that administration can...
VG1 If You Can't Measure It, It Didn't Happen!
Do our students have a rich, growing faith? Does the climate in our schools nurture faith? These and other questions are addressed in this article on how educational institutions measure the spiritual growth and development of their students. In addition,...
VG1 Measuring faith maturity: Reassessing valuegenesis and development of a denomination-specific scale
The Valuegenesis Faith-Maturity Scale and two related short-form scales developed for mainline Protestant use were evaluated for validity for Seventh-day Adventists. Inappropriate items were identified using statistical procedures and results from a survey...
VG1 Measuring Quality in Adventist Schools - A Review of Valuegenesis
This is a report of the Valuegenesis study of Adventist school students in Grades 6-12 which focused on school quality. In addition to an interpretation and overview of the results, the authors present good news, mixed news, and bad news, from positive perceptions...
VG1 Perspectives on Values : A Project Affirmation Publication
This book contains essays from distinguished educators and ministers on values. Find out how values are formed, how they are changed, and how they form a vital foundation to a Christ-centered life.
VG1 Portrait of Adventist Educators
A survey of recent research concerning the attitudes, perceptions, motivations, and characteristics of teachers and administrators in Adventist schools. Valuegenesis is one of the research projects. Topics covered are quality of Adventist schools, teachers...
VG1 Report - Where Do We Go From Here?
The third report focuses on areas of improvement the North America Division is planning based on Valuegenesis I research. These include: 1) Educating boards on the realities faced by church school teachers; 2) Acknowledging the renewed interest teachers are...
VG1 Researching faith maturity questions on methods and findings of valuegenesis
Grade 6-Grade 12
Kijai interviews Donahue regarding the methodology of the Valuegenesis I study of students attending Grades 6-12 in North American Adventist schools
VG1 Shall We Dance - Rediscovering Christ-Centered Standards
Recommended reading for anyone discipling Christian youth and young adults in home, church or school settings. Findings from the Valuegenesis 1 study provide the platform for discussion of standards re dance, music, movies or film viewing, sex, alcohol and...
VG1 Teaching Values
This book is designed for anyone working towards the faith development of young people, drawing on the first North American Valuegenesis study. Filled with specific suggestions for hours of classroom activities, using a careful and complete approach to learning...
VG2 Boys and Girls Growing Toward God
We know a great deal about how boys' and girls' brains develop and the implications for educational theory, and so by abstraction, we can make some assumptions about growth in faith as well. This article reviews valuegenesis findings in light of research on...
VG2 Once Upon a Time: What Valuegenesis says about the quality of Adventist schools
The NAD second wave of faith maturity research provided interesting insights of students into the positive attributes of Adventist schools. These center on the themes of quality teaching, Adventist values, and school climate influences.
VG2 The relationship between faith maturity, intrinsic and extrinsic orientations to religion and youth ministry involvement
Grade 6-Grade 12
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships between faith maturity, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and youth ministry involvement. We used data from Valuegenesis II, a North American national survey of youths attending Seventh-day Adventist...
VG2 Update 01: Faith Maturity Index, Prosocial Behavior Concerns
Volume 1 of Update!, the monthly newsletter of the Valuegenesis 2 research. In this issue: a Faith Maturity Index update, pro-social behavior concerns, a reflection of God's guidance in Valuegenesis1 vs. Valuegenesis2, and information about the first...
VG2 Update 02: Personal Relationship with God
This Valuegenesis 2 newsletter shares findings regarding personal faith and relationship with God, and more about personal piety.
VG2 Update 03: Grace vs Works Orientations: What Makes A Difference?
This Valuegenesis 2 newsletter focuses on why grace orientation is crucial, what the grace scale teaches us, more about grace and works, attitudes about God's law, and do we still have a works orientation.
VG2 Update 04: Extrinsic and Intrinsic Religious Experience, and School Attitudes
This Valuegenesis 2 research report looks at the importance of schools in the faith experience of Grade 6-12 students. Find out what teachers and schools can do to help the development of intrinsic vs. extrinsic religious experience and healthy school attitudes.
VG2 Update 05: Family Religious Life, Family Worship Practices, Parents and Faith-Talk
This Valuegenesis 2 research provides interesting and helpful insights into the influence of family life and practices on growing a rich and mature faith. Family worship practics, parent and faith talk are reported on, with tables showing the effects of mothers...
VG2 Update 06: Thinking about the Church, Factors influencing leaving, Youth Ministry and the Church
This report focuses on the impact of the church in the lives of children. Factors for leaving the church, and perceptions of adult leaders and teachers in the local church are analyzed with graphs and data summaries.
VG2 Update 07: Family Importance
This Valuegenesis 2 report addresses various factors in shaping values such as family role, religiousness of parents, and limits and climate in the home. Read this issue to discover the family's role in shaping children's understanding of redemption.
VG2 Update 08: School vs Church
This Valuegenesis 2 update contrasts the attitudes students in grades 9-12 have toward church and school as places of warmth, spiritual growth, and fellowship. Read what the church and school can do to become positive places for teens to grow in faith.
VG2 Update 09: Importance of Values
This Valuegenesis 2 report focuses on attitudes students in grades 6-12 have toward materialism, altruism, and morality. Read this issue to find out how factors such as school religion programs, peer religiousness, quality of family worship, and the frequency...
VG2 Update 10: How At-Risk are our Kids?
This Valuegenesis 2 newsletter reports on the attitudes of students in grades 6-12 toward at-risk behaviors such as tobacco and marijuana use, and alcohol consumption. The instrument in this Valuegenesis 2 report addressed students' understanding of church...
VG2 Update 11: How Important is Youth Ministry?
This Valuegenesis 2 newsletter examines the impact of youth ministry on the attitudes young people have toward their church, based on the Valuegenesis 2 report. In collaboration with Barry Gane of the Theological Seminary at Andrews University, the authors...
VG2 Update 12: Families and Faith
This Valuegenesis 2 newsletter shares a report on the relationship between family faith and family style and type. The research shows that the family is the most important factor in religious training and early faith formation.
VG2 Update 13: Positive Family Influences
This Valuegenesis 2 newsletter shares 19 positive influences that target family and home life as it relates to intrinsic faith, faith maturity, denominational loyalty, and commitment to God. Additional influences that target church and school are also shared,...
VG2 Update 14: New Year, New Look
This Valuegenesis 2 newsletter introduces Ten Years Later: A Study of Two Generations, the first in a series of books on Valuegenesis 2. Topics include: Focusing on Teens; Valuegenesis and the Journey of Faith; Loyalty and the Content of Faith; Personal...
VG2 Update 15: What Builds a Mature Faith?
This Valuegenesis 2 newsletter includes some little known facts about Adventist youth of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, their concerns about their church, and helps us understand more about their attitudes toward God. Shared here are their perceptions of...
VG2 Update 16: Adolescence and Peer Pressure
Grade 9-Grade 12
This Valuegenesis 2 newsletter focuses on peer pressure, the power of friends, effective strategies for coping with peer pressure, and what parents, church members, and school personnel can do about it.
VG2 Update 17: At-Risk Behavior and Our Youth
Grade 9-Grade 12
This Valuegenesis 2 newsletter reports on the incidence of at-risk behavior in Adventist youth, the percentage of Adventist youth involved in at-risk behaviors, and the influence of supportive and effective environments.
What Considerations Are Important for Fostering the Faith Development of Senior Students? A Case Study of Two Schools with Campus Churches
Grade 9-Grade 12
"Campus churches, situated on school grounds, are growing in number within Christian education systems in Australia. In this relationship, the school partners with the campus church in providing a community of faith. This case study investigated senior...
Why our teenagers leave the church
Between 40 and 50 per cent of Adventist youth leave the church in their 20s. Why? How can we keep them? How can we win them back? This book is the culmination of a magnificent obsession. For more than ten years Roger Dudley traced the lives of 1500 teenagers...
Youth religious commitment over time: A longitudinal study of retention
Over 1500 middle-teenagers were selected from Seventh-day Adventist churches throughout the United States and Canada for a longitudinal study on church retention and dropout. A new survey was sent each year for ten years, collecting a wide variety of information...
Zipporah - The Voice of Silence
"Zipporah chose the destiny of silence,
retreating into herself as a mysterious and
quiet person. She preferred to hide under
the mask of silence, choosing the strategy
of being second."
A Brief Ethnography on Philippine English
"The Philippines is a nation with a rich culture and heritage that reflects the indigenous diversity of the islands. Its present identity and unique features are not whimsical. They are mainly the result of a combination of events throughout its history....
A comparative study of critical thinking skills, dogmatism and American college testing program scores of Seventh-day Adventist college freshmen graduated from church related and public secondary schools
Problem: Development of critical thinking skills is commonly accepted as a desirable outcome of secondary education, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has also accepted this as one of the goals for its educational system. It was the purpose of the present...
A comparative study of the distribution of spiritual gifts among students at Andrews University
Problem: Recently, considerable interest in spiritual gifts has developed and many scholars have attempted to measure them. This study was to determine whether spiritual gifts distribution is related to a specific demographic profile, and discriminates...
A Narrative Inquiry of One Female Married-Single - A Story of Loneliness and Isolation
"The Organization for Economic Cooperation (OECD, 2013) reported that, during the past three decades, there has been a steady rise in the number of international students studying outside their countries of citizenship. Those figures rose from 0.8 million...
A proposed paradigm of personality as explored through the relationship between moral reasoning and cognitive flexibility
Problem: Personality, a construct representing the dynamic integration of the individual, remains complicated, both in theory and in research. The purpose of this study was to explore a conceptual paradigm of personality through the relationship between...
A study of religious attitudes and problems as perceived by current and former Seventh-day Adventist students at Seventh-day Adventist mission secondary schools in Hong Kong
Problem: In spite of the combined efforts of both the local churches and the schools, the church attendance of Seventh-day Adventist adolescents has been low. This present study was to identify the religious attitudes of current Adventist students and...
Affective Teaching - A Place for Emotion in Classroom Learning
"Teaching and learning nearly always take place in a social context. Intellectual growth also brings about changes in the social and emotional facets of both teachers and students. Teaching and learning are greatly affected by the quality of relationships...
B.A.s, M.A.s, and M.U.G.s - A case-study in socio-cultural change
This case-study of Brisbane Seventh-day Adventists indicates that University education, for these Adventists who experience it, is a significant factor in sociocultural change, since it provides an environment where they may construct and learn dissonant perceptions...
Besides That I'm Ok: Well-Being in Caribbean and American Adolescents and Youth
A total of 235 adolescents and college students from Aruba, St. Lucia, Tennessee, and Alabama participated in this study that measured various aspects of well-being. The Life Factors Questionnaire measured participants' responses on such self-reported measures...
Catering for international students - The experiences of first year Asian and North American students at Rural University
International students currently make up almost one fifth of students in Australia, and at Rural University. Because they are living and studying in a new and different culture, these students experience certain difficulties both socially and academically....
Competitive sport, self-efficacy & academic achievement - a multiple regression analysis involving secondary school students in Seventh-day Adventist schools
Physical activity and academic achievement are important and valued aspects of society. The present study investigated the relationship between involvement in competitive sport, self-efficacy beliefs and academic achievement in Adventist secondary school students....
Concept of Salvation in Argentinean and Paraguayan SDA Children
Problem: Research is lacking on how the concept of salvation develops in children and adolescents from Christian religious populations. The purpose of this study was to explore how the concept of salvation develops in Argentinean and Paraguayan Seventh-day...
Concurrent validity of the Strong-Campbell interest inventory for Seventh-day Adventist seminarians and ministers
Problem: The purpose of this study was to determine if the Strong-Campbell Interest Inventory (SCII) is a valid instrument for measuring the vocational interests of Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) seminarians and ministers and to discover if denominational...
Couples' Experiences and Perspectives on Interracial Marriage - A Phenomenological Study Among Adventists
"Today’s world is often defined as a world without borders, or a global village. The distance between countries and continents seems to get shorter with the innovation of faster means of transportation and telecommunication. This new reality has...
Development and validation of a more comprehensive model for the student instructional rating system (SIRS) by including a spiritual construct
The purpose of this study was to validate additional spiritual factors which could be used with the Student Instructional Rating System (SIRS).
Dialogue Editorial - Things That Don't Change
Twenty graduate students and 10 faculty of AIIAS were asked to report critical incidences that demonstrated...
"Dialogue filled a niche in my academic and religious experience. It made me
feel connected to the Seventh-day Adventist Church in a new way."
Differences between undergraduate and graduate students in self-concept and depression
Problem: Students have an opportunity for personal growth as they learn about themselves and the world around them. However, their levels of self-concept and depression can influence how they view themselves, their relationships, and their world. This...
Differences in academic achievement of students involved in extracurricular activities in Seventh-day Adventist schools in the United States and Bermuda
Grade 6-Grade 11
This study examined differences in the academic performance of students in grades 6, 7, 8, 9, and 11 in Seventh-day Adventist schools in the United Sates and Bermuda based on their level of involvement in school music organizations-- band or choir -- and school...
Economic Wealth and Education - A Global Comparison
"Poverty has long been associated with lower levels of
school achievement within developed nations, as well as across
nations. The level of economic wealth of a nation has also been found
to be correlated with many aspects relating to education: funding,
Gifted Adolescents and the Balanced Family Concept
Grade 1-Grade 12
"Do factors in the family environment facilitate or impede adaptive coping responses in family members? Some theorists have warned that in some cases, relationships with parents may become a source of stress and conflict for adolescents. While the regulation...
Globalization and Discriminatory Practices Against Trans-women in the Philippines
"Being trans-gender, specifically trans-woman still comes with a stigma attached even though it is reported that an estimated 9 to 9.5 million trans-gender people live in the Asia-Pacific region, with the majority being trans-women, according to a UNDP...
Globalization and Self-Perception of Women of Asian and African Descent
"There is an increasing tendency for some races to adopt values that are foreign and may be detrimental to their self-esteem and indigenous or ethnic identities. This research studies the relationship between globalization and the way women of Asian and...
Have They Gotten the Message?
Habenicht shares results from a study conducted to determine how children view salvation. The study also explored how ideas of salvation develop, and what children and young adults knew about sin, God's grace, forgiveness, etc.