Editor’s Preface

This concluding issue of volume 36 is once again an interesting eclectic mix of topics ranging from high school newspapers to a hospital-based expressive arts class.  The opening article by Fred Fitch and his colleagues describes how they, operating from a common conceptual understanding of spirituality in a college teaching context yet different faith traditions, address spirituality across four different social science fields.

In the second article, Brian Barrett reports research on a little examined area—how individual religious involvement impacts the educational outcomes of African-American students.  The specific context is the high poverty, intensely segregated urban public high school.

We move from an urban to a rural context in the third article where Paul Azuwon and Brenda Bradshaw report on a study of school choice factors among parents, focusing particularly on home schooling within the choice for private versus public school.  Among a number of factors, they discuss the selective influence of religion among these factors.

The fourth article addresses the treatment of religion in high school newspapers in a study by Piotr Boblowski.  He analyzes the coverage of religion in public school newspapers and examines factors that may be associated with that coverage.

The final article takes us out of a traditional formal instructional setting of high school or college to a hospital.  Julia Kellman’s essay describes an expressive arts class for HIV/AIDS patients in a hospital.  She reflects on the importance of observing the rhythms of a group and course, and the importance of endings in the natural course of things.

The cover art for this issue is entitled AreChurch Goers Better People? by Dawnice Kerchaet of Pontiac, Michigan.  It was part of the October 2001 exhibit, A Question of Faith, at the University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art.

Michael D. Waggoner, Editor
Religion & Education
November 2009