The quantitative survey is UK wide, drawing a representative sample of 10,000 pupils from state maintained, independent and faith-based schools. The original application proposed collecting data from 10,000 pupils aged 13 and above. The scheme was to obtain:
- 2,000 pupils from England
- 2,000 pupils from Northern Ireland
- 2,000 pupils from Scotland
- 2,000 pupils from Wales
- 2,000 pupils from London
Half of these pupils were to be recruited from schools with a religious character and half from schools without a religious character.
The original target has been achieved. We are progressing with some significant over-sampling in order to bring some of the smaller religious groups into greater visibility.
The quantitative survey was informed in two ways.
1. Insights from the qualitative study provided information from which psychometrically sound measures of attitudes toward religious diversity could be generated reflecting the ideas, language and themes of young people themselves. The qualitative survey also posed theories and hypotheses to be tested by quantitative methods.
2. The literature review organised by the PhD student, Alice Pyke, provides information regarding measures and theories within empirical theology, and psychology relevant for exploring individual differences in attitudes toward religious diversity.
Established psychometric instruments and specially originated scales are being employed and creative use made of various statistical techniques to facilitate the development and testing of path models to investigate the influence on student attitudes of social and contextual factors (including school, family, media and local neighbourhood), of their own religious affiliation, beliefs and practices and views of transcendence, of personality traits and other individual-level variables