This report provides a basic snapshot of the project’s findings. This report covers these topics in brief: teens, religion and spirituality; attitudes to religious diversity; experiences of religious education and attitudes towards education about sexuality and gender.
PublisherANU, Deakin and Monash Universities
Place of publicationMelbourne, Vic.
Research statementThis is the project report for the ARC project DP 160102367: Australian Young People's Perspectives on religions and Non-religious Worldviews.
Australian governments have invested in programs to promote respect for religious diversity and to counter violent extremism, yet there is no coherent, evidence-based understanding of young Australians’ perspectives on religions and non-religious worldviews. This research has systematically elicited diverse young people’s understandings about religion and belief. It uses these findings to enhance and inform debate about how education assists or impedes intercultural understanding as well as enhancing wellbeing and social inclusion. Knowing more about young people's perspectives and what influences them can facilitate development of appropriate educational responses equipping schools to help young Australians to live productively in their diverse society.
The project comprises 11 focus groups in three states with students in Years 9 and 10 (ages 15-16), a nationally representative telephone survey of 1200 people aged 13-18, and 30 in-depth, follow-up interviews with survey participants
Publication classificationA6 Research report/technical paper