This article explores the process of value transmission, particularly in Adventist home education, based on a study of the religious home education experienced by young Seventh-day Adventist adults in their childhood (Kuusisto, 2000). The main aim was to find the conditions that support the successful transmission of parental values to the next generation. The method was both qualitative and quantitative, as the data were assembled with in-depth interviews (n=10) and supplemented with a survey (n=106). The most significant factors in transmitting values that stand out in the data are democratic relationship between parents and children, parental example, encouraging children to do their own thinking, and positive experiences of both religion and the social dimension of the religious community. Education that is either too severe or too permissive appears to lead to unsuccessful value transmitting.
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Document Type: Research Article
University of Helsinki, Department of Teacher Education, Centre for Religious Education, Human Values and Ethics, Siltavuorenpenger 200, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
Publication date: December 1, 2003
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