Related Research

Various forms of research in parallel areas may offer guidance or grounding for our work.

General Sources

Modern Catholic Social Teaching: Commentaries and Interpretations (2006)

Lives of Commitment Higher Educ S. Parks

Conscience and Citizenship: The Primacy of Conscience for Catholics in Public Life, by G. A. Kalscheur, S.J.

Sullins, D.P. (2003 ). Catholic Social Teaching: What Do Catholics Know and What Do They Believe? Catholic Social Science Review, 7, 243-264.

Catholic Mental Models Project

Higher Education Mission and Identity

The following two links provide information about an interesting and relevant study being undertaken on Catholic college and university campuses.  It seeks to examine the areas of Catholic intellectual tradition, Catholic social tradition, moral/ethical development, leadership and service, and religious beliefs.  This is an ideal opportunity for collaboration.

CHERC – Catholic Higher Education Research Cooperative

ACCU: Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

Other Related Works:

Ferrari, J. & Janulis, P. (2009) – Embracing the mission: Catholic and non-Catholic faculty and staff perceptions of instiutional mission and school sense of community. Journal of Catholic Higher Education, 28(2), 115-124.

Ferrari, J., McCarthy, B. J. Milner, L. A. (2009) – Involved and Focused? Students’ perceptions of institutional identity, personal goals of orientation, and levels of campus engagement. College Student Journal, 43, 886-896.

Ferrari, J. & Velcoff, J. (2005). Measuring staff perceptions of university identity and activities: The Mission and Values Inventory. Christian Higher Education, 5, 243-261.

Temperato, J. R. & Ferrari, J.(2010). Preparing to live the institutional mission: An evaluation of a pilot program with engaged students. Journal of Catholic Higher Education, 29(2), 227-242.

Moral Development and Purpose

Bowman, N. A., Brandenberger, J. W., Lapsley, D. K., Hill, P. L., & Quaranto, J. C. (2010). Serving in college, flourishing in adulthood: Does community engagement during the college years predict adult well-being? Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 2, 14-34.

New York Times – The Moral Instinct, Steven Pinker

Raising a Moral Child, by Adam Grant (NYT, April 2014)

Values that Matter: Differentiating Catholic Colleges and Universities through Comparative Alumni Research – James Day, M.A. (2007)

Youth and Faith Development

Souls in Transition: The Regious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults (2009), by C. Smith and P. Snell

Young Catholic Americans (2014) by Smith, Longest, Hill, and Christoffersen

Stages of Faith (1995), by James Fowler

Big Questions, Worthy Dreams (2011) by Sharon Daloz Parks

HERI — Misc Surveys in Higher Education

Some of us have used data from HERI @ UCLA, and the additional survey items made available to each institution, to examine relevant research questions.

Weigert, K. M., & Miller, S. L. (1996). Identity and mission at a sample of Catholic colleges and universities: Students and service to society. Current Issues in Catholic Higher Education, 16(2), 33-62.

Hill, P. L., Jackson, J. J., Roberts, B. W., Lapsley, D. K., & Brandenberger, J. W. (2011). Change you can believe in: Changes in goal-setting during emerging and young adulthood predict later adult well-being. Social Psychology and Personality Science, 2, 123-131. First published on September 21, 2010, doi:10.1177/1948550610384510

Values Goals Opinions of ND Seniors, 1994

Top Life Goals of ND Students 1992 – 2002

Weigert & Johnson Faith and Education ND Research 1984

HERI — Spirituality and Higher Education

Astin, A. W., Astin, H. S., & Lindholm, J. A. (2011). Cultivating the spirit: How college can enhance students’ inner lives. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Brandenberger, J. W., & Bowman, N. A. (in press). From faith to compassion?: Reciprocal influences of spirituality, religious commitment, and prosocial development during college. In M. J. Mayhew & A. N. Rockenbach (Eds.), Spirituality enacted in higher education. New York: Routledge.

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This study is built on a multi institution data set from HERI; it explores how well religious commitment and spirituality predict prosocial behavior in a large sample.

Conceptions of Justice and Related Research

Goodman, D. (2000). Motivating People from Privileged Groups to Support Social Justice. Teachers College Record, pp. 1061-1085.

Heft, J.L. (2006). Catholic Education and Social Justice. Catholic Education, 10(1), 6-23. 

Lerner, M. J. (1981). The justice motive in human relations: Some thoughts on what we know and need to know about justice. In M. J. Lerner and S. C. Lerner (Eds.), The Justice Motive in Social Behavior, pp. 11-35. New York: Plenum Press.

Massaro, T. (2008). Living Justice: Catholic Social Teaching in Action (available as ebook via GooglePlay)

Moeschberger, S.L., Ordónez, A., Shankar, J., & Raney, S. (2006). Moving from contact to change: The act of becoming aware. In Toporek, R. & Gerstein, H. L. (Eds.). Handbook for social justice in counseling psychology: Leadership, vision, and action. Sage Publications.