Dr Kingston commented: “Talking to the students was incredibly interesting.
We were very surprised at the high percentage that believed in God and atthe array of individual meanings that religion held for them. I was particularlyinterested in the Hijab or headscarf worn by some female Muslim students inBradford, as they were often so colourful, stylish and elaborate. Rather thanbeing forced to wear the Hijab, as some people have assumed, it was evidentthat these Muslim young women gave considerable thought to how they worethe head scarf and did so in their own individual ways. In addition, theydescribed their own pathways and the reasons why they did or did not wear aheadscarf at various points in their lives
Following the focus groups, 34 of these students from all three areas of thestudy completed e-journals over the summer of 2010 using a special onlinesystem devised by learning technologists at Leeds Metropolitan Universitythat could only be accessed by the students and the research team.The aim of the e-
journals was to capture the young people‟s thoughts about
religion in their own time and in their own way, over a six week period,allowing for shifts and developments in their views and beliefs. Pupils withouteasy access to a computer were given paper scrapbooks.After the summer, the e-journal participants put themselves into pairs andtalked with the researchers further, discussing more personal opinions andexperiences. All interviews were then transcribed and analysed, which is to
be the basis of a book entitled „Youth on Religion‟ to be published by
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