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Title: A qualitative case study of the use of journals in a Hong Kong Chinese Christian church-based adult religious learning class
Author: Hung, Lee Chu
ISNI:       0000 0004 2743 3471
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2012
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This research aimed to investigate the use of journals in a Hong Kong Chinese Christian church-based adult religious learning class, since there was a lack of empirical studies in the Hong Kong non-formal church based learning context. It was necessary to investigate whether the use of a journal enhanced current practice, in terms of inter-personal communication, self-managed learning skills, increased pace of Bible learning, and reflection. The objective of the study framed the research questions around three themes: perceptions of journaling; the use of journals; and motivation in journaling. A qualitative interpretive case study was adopted. This study was conducted in a small church over a period of eighteen months, involving a church-based leader and eight adult learners. The data were collected through an interview with the church leader, as well as from the learners' journal entries and final written reflections. The data were mainly analysed by an inductive method. And the data of reflection and motivation were analysed by two frameworks adapted fromAtkins and Murphy's (1993) model and Gagne and Deci's (2005) Self-Determination Theory. The results were positive. Both the church-based leader and all the eight learners identified the multiple benefits they had gained from journaling despite encountering some difficulties. The results implied that a journal could meet the multiple needs of the church-based current practice. The learners used the journal in various ways and their motivation in journaling progressed upward over time. Some findings are similar to those from previous studies in formal learning settings, but some are new because of the particular church-based learning needs and features. Thus, this research concludes that joumaling is worthwhile in the Hong Kong Chinese Christian church-based adult religious education in order to enhance its current practice.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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