Exploring Youth Perceptions of Spirituality and the Role of the University Choir: Empirical Evidence from Christ University and VIT Students
This study aims to explore young people’s perceptions of spirituality and the role of the university choir in India. A survey was conducted among Choir group students of Christ University and Non-Choir group students of Christ University and Vermana Institute of Technology in relation to four dimensions of spirituality—self-awareness, spiritual beliefs, spiritual practices and spiritual needs. The survey results were analyzed to determine if there was any significant difference between the two groups in each dimension of spirituality. The analysis confirmed that there were significant differences between the two groups in the dimensions of spiritual beliefs and spiritual needs. In both cases, the Choir group obtained higher spirituality scores. A further analysis was carried out of data from focus group discussions in order to explore the different perceptions of spirituality among the students. Four different groups of spiritual perceptions were identified—religious and open spirituality, religious and closed spirituality, secular and open spirituality and secular and closed spirituality. Finally, the role of the university choir in all these groups was redefined based on the research findings.
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