Emerging adulthood : What the Christian Life Survey says about the way our students are experiencing it.



    Presented by Steven Bird, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology at Taylor University Executive Director (Research), Center for Scripture Engagement 

    Date and Time: 

    Thursday February 18 at 2:00pm EST

    Webinar Details: 

    Traditional age college students today are living through a different life stage than most staff and faculty at colleges did when they were that age. Just what is this “emerging adult” stage? And is it a good thing or a bad thing? This webinar will explore what emerging adulthood is, the potential benefits and dangers it presents, and how students at Christian colleges are experiencing it. Using the data from students at 22 of the Christian colleges that participated the 2014-2015 administration of the Christian Life Survey, the webinar will explore how these students are experiencing emerging adulthood and how different kinds of religiosity affect their experience of emerging adulthood. 

    Steven Bird received his PhD from Purdue University in 1993 and his Master’s degree in sociology in 1990 from the University of Washington. He is a professor at Taylor University where he received the campus wide Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award in 2006. He has been active in numerous applied research projects for local agencies, churches, and universities. This research includes data collection on faith development, on how students’ religious perspectives influence their identities, and on the role of scripture engagement in spiritual growth. He currently heads the Christian Life Survey research which focuses on Christians’ scripture engagement, spiritual formation, and spiritual lifestyles. The most recent administration of the CLS collected data from over 8,000 students at 25 Christian colleges in the United States. The Christian Life Survey research is done under the auspices of the Taylor University Center for Scripture Engagement where he is a Co-Executive Director and the Director of Research.


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