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Reconstructing Faith Narratives: Doing Research on the Faith of Adolescents

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Various qualitative studies on adolescents and faith have been conducted at the research Centre for Youth, Church and Culture of the Protestant Theological University Amsterdam-Groningen in recent years. One finding of the Centre is that there exists a lack of knowledge about good methodologies for research on faith and adolescents. This article presents an explanation of why specific methodologies are needed for adolescents and reviews possible research approaches based on the authors’ experiences. The researchers argue for a qualitative approach and seek to contribute to the discussion of investigations of adolescents’ faith from the authors’ experiences in empirical qualitative studies on adolescents and faith, as well as the literature.

Affiliations: 1: Senior researcher and coordinator, Research Centre for Youth, Church and Culture, Protestant Theological University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Corresponding author; 2: Senior researcher and teacher, professional Master ‘Leren en innoveren’ (Learning and Innovating) and education consultant, Driestar Educatief, Gouda, The Netherlands,; 3: PhD researcher, Protestant Theological University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands,


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