Graduation Dr. Elsbeth Visser-Vogel 26 May 2015

Last Tuesday, May 19 2015, our staff member Elsbeth Visser defended successfully her dissertation about ‘Religious identity development of orthoprax Muslim adolescents in the Netherlands’.

The dissertation reports about depth interviews held with Muslim adolescents. They looked back on the way they developed their commitment to Islam. Analyses of the data resulted in three styles of exploration. They were interpreted with help of the identity-development framework of Marcia (1966; 1980). The styles did not fully match. For some respondents the exploration style seems to be isolated from their final commitment to Islam. The data showed that acquiring knowledge about Islam was seen as an important source of getting committed to the religion. The interviews suggest that teachers and religious leaders have more impact on requiring commitment than parents.

The panel discussion (see picture) was – amongst other themes -  about the concept of orthopraxy and about the model of Marcia. Prof. dr. Christian Lange (Islamstudies) asked for arguments for the concept of ‘orthopraxy’ and said to prefer the use of ‘high religiosity’ for the studied targetgroup. Prof. dr. Hans Alma (University of Humanities, Utrecht), prof. dr. Miedema and Dr. Bram de Muynck brought arguments pro and against the use of the identity developmental model of Marcia. Dr. Stella van de Wetering asked about the analysis of qualitative data. She said that analyses together with a representative from Islam could have resulted in other interpretations.

Elsbeth was able to defend her thesis successfully and received the certificate from promotor Prof. dr. Cok Bakker (Utrecht University). Second promotor was prof. Marcel Barnard (Protestant Theological University, Amsterdam). Dr. Jos de Kock was copromotor.

Because of the relevance of the subject, press showed much interest in the study. Elsbeth was interviewed by four Daily Journals and was also interviewed by radiochannel BNR. Further information about her study can be asked for by e-mail.




More news

    • Wonderfully Made: video and preview

      We know there is a need for materials and training with regard to sexual and relationship education from a Christian perspective. This conclusion comes from the results of the questionnaire we shared earlier this year and from the contacts we have with different partners all over the world. Many persons showed interest in English materials, with the aim to explore whether Wonderfully Made would fit the own context.

    • IELC 2019 - Don't Miss this Christian School Leadership Event!

      From February 27th to March 2nd 2019, the 3rd International Educational Leadership Conference will be held in Budapest, Hungary.

    • New: 'The Essence of Christian Teaching', a joint publication by DCU and ACSI Europe.

      The new book consists of essential building blocks of Christian education, which challenge the readers to rethink and deepen their practice of teaching in their own situation.

    • International Class of 2018 kick-off!

      On september 5th the International Class of 2018 kicked off. Twelve students, from five different country's will focus on the meaning of christian education and what it means to be a christian educator.

    • Opening conference for the Christian Education Master’s course

      On August 28 and August 29, all the lecturers involved in the Christian Education Master’s course came to Gouda. The conference marked the start of this new Master’s program in Christian Education at Driestar Christian University. The new Master’s course seeks to challenge students from the Netherlands and from abroad to think about Christian education.