Religion and Education Around the World

Hackett C, McClendon D, Potančoková M, & Stonawski M (2016). Religion and Education Around the World. Washington, DC: Pew Research Center. ISBN 978-0-9974190-1-6

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Abstract

Large gaps in education levels persist, but all faiths are making gains – particularly among women.

Jews are more highly educated than any other major religious group around the world, while Muslims and Hindus tend to have the fewest years of formal schooling, according to a Pew Research Center global demographic study that shows wide disparities in average educational levels among religious groups.

These gaps in educational attainment are partly a function of where religious groups are concentrated throughout the world. For instance, the vast majority of the world’s Jews live in the United States and Israel – two economically developed countries with high levels of education overall. And low levels of attainment among Hindus reflect the fact that 98% of Hindu adults live in the developing countries of India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Drawing on census and survey data from 151 countries, the study also finds large gender gaps in educational attainment within some major world religions.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: This report was produced by Pew Research Center as part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project, which analyzes religious change and its impact on societies around the world. Funding for the Global Religious Futures project comes from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John Templeton Foundation.
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Depositing User: Michaela Rossini
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2017 11:43
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2017 11:43
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/14234

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