- poverty immersion,
- cognitive shifts
We report the results of a qualitative study, having interviewed 20 students who had 1.5 years previously been involved in a collegiate, weekend poverty immersion experience. We coded the transcripts, analyzed the data from a phenomenological framework, provided checks for internal validity, and report the common themes from the participants’ interviews.Three overall results were evident. First, participants reported believing that, generally, the church is ignorant regarding the needs of the poor and impoverished people around them. Second, students generally did not believe that the church was doing enough in order to combat poverty and/or homelessness, mentioning that the church’s outreach ministries are often ineffective. Third, students reported believing that the church is responsible to care for the poor and thus, Christians as a whole should be more involved than they are presently. The study’s results are discussed in the context of social psychology findings, published research literature reading how contemporary Christians generally fare at helping impoverished individuals, and the long term effectiveness of active, experiential learning in higher education.
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ruth_lowrie/11/