Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
David B. Van Heemst
H. Stanton Tuttle
Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Scholarship of Community Application
The purpose of this research was to investigate the correlation between holistic programs administered by local Nazarene congregations and any impact on self-efficacy in order to assess the programs’ impact on community transformation. The goal was to determine if faith has a positive impact on poverty alleviation outcomes and if local congregations can be at least as effective as secular agencies in helping communities make progress out of poverty. The researcher used the New General Self-Efficacy (NGSE) scale to evaluate self-efficacy (Chen, Gully, & Eden, 2001) and found the beneficiaries of the holistic programs of Bangladesh Nazarene Mission had statistically significant greater selfefficacy scores than subjects in communities with no interventions and subjects in communities with secular-based interventions. This study contributes to the body of research regarding faith-based agencies and their effectiveness. It also demonstrates the potential usefulness of the construct of self-efficacy as a measure for poverty interventions.
Bollinger, Larry, "Faith-Based Programming and Community Transformation" (2016). Ed.D. Dissertations. 94.
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