Results from In-class Questionnaires (Spring 2010)
Certainty of Belief
Although certainty ranged from 1 (not at all certain) to 10 (extremely certain) the most frequent response was 9 and 10, with 9 endorsements each. The average degree of certainty level for the class 5.7 (just under moderately certain). This is slightly less certain than in previous classes.
On a scale of 10 to 50, the class averaged 24.0 (sd = 10.3). This is comparable to data from students at other universities (whose scores ranged from 22.8 to 25.7) and very similar to previous classes.
The class averaged 24.3 (sd = 6.4) on the Intrinsic Scale and 13.1 (sd = 4.7) on the Extrinsic Scale. These scores were similar to norms for these scales, and comparable to recent classes.
The class averaged 5.7 (sd = 1.3). This somewhat matches previously reported norms but is higher than previous classes.
Relationship Among Variables
In comparisons of those whose beliefs match their parents and those whose beliefs do not (or didn't answer) those with beliefs matching parents report greater religious commitment and extrinsic religious orientation, but not different quest or intrinsic. There were no differences between men and women on these four variables. Furthermore, certainty of belief was negatively related to quest orientation (r = -.41) and religious commitment was positively related to intrinsic (r = .84) and extrinsic (r = .43) orientations.