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 The Influence of the Religious Component on School Engagement in Children from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

  • Marina Alexandra Tudoran (West University of Timisoara, Faculty of Sociology and Psychology, No. 4th V. Pârvan Boulevard, Timişoara, România, National Institute of R&D for Electrochemistry and Condensed Matter, 144 Aurel Păunescu-Podeanu, RO-300569, Timişoara, Romania, E-mail:
  • Alexandru Neagoe (West University of Timişoara, Faculty of Sociology and Psychology, 4th V. Pârvan Blvd, Romania. Email:

The positive role of school engagement and religion in the harmonious psycho-social growth and development of school-aged children is well known and documented in the literature. Thus, a good understanding of the interaction between engagement and religion can contribute tocreating new strategies, in order to make the educational process more efficient, especially for children with a precarious social situation. In this context, the present study aims to determine to what extent school engagement is influenced by how children understand the concept of religion and practice it in their everyday life. The study has beendesigned in two parts and examines a sample consisting of children from disadvantaged backgrounds who attend a Christian day care center. In the first part, the percentage distribution of the sample was established for three particular examples of school engagement (behavioral, cognitive and affective) according to the children’s involvement in religious practices. The second part analyzed to what extent school engagement (as a general concept), with its three components, is associated with the frequency of church attendance and with the children's individual and collective religious practices

Keywords: behavioral school engagement, cognitive school engagement, affective school engagement, religion, faith