Social Work Faculty Publications

Title

Student Perceptions of Salient Indicators of Integration of Faith and Learning (IFL): The Christian Vocation Model

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2007

Journal Title

Journal of Research on Christian Education

Volume

16

Issue

1

First Page

15

Last Page

33

Abstract

This article presents findings from a qualitative study of 120 undergraduate students from seven schools in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Using in-depth individual and focus group interviews, we explored participants' perceptions of salient indicators of integration of faith and learning (IFL) in the classroom. Findings highlight two main categories of indicators: 1) faculty relationships with God and with students, and 2) faculty competence, including specific IFL curriculum coverage and academically safe classroom settings. All indicators contributed to IFL experiences resonating with most students. We then set forth the Christian vocation model from our analysis to describe the interconnections between the two main categories. Implications, limitations, and suggestions for future research are discussed.

Keywords

IFL, integration of faith and learning, Christian universities and colleges