Notions of Spiritual Capital - A Matter of Extinction for Social Education?

Thomas Lucey


This paper describes the results of a study that examined students’ conceptions of the term “Spiritual Capital.”  Participants (N = 56) included students in the Colleges of Business and Education at a public Midwestern university.  Results showed that almost half of the participants considered spiritual capital to represent a concept related to spirituality.  Participants also mentioned values, religion, economics, or broader society in their definitions though other participants acknowledged their uncertainty regarding the term.  Results of Chi-Square tests and Fisher’s exact test indicated no significant relationship between participants’ major and any of the coding categories used. 


Spiritual Capital; Social Studies; Higher Education

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