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Today a great deal of discussion is going on among church leaders as to the value of graded worship as a means of training children to worship. This discussion is not new for as early as 1872, the question of graded literature came up. At the turn of the century the public school system began to place greater emphasis on grading and educational psychology. This stimulated a change in religious education from a Sunday School that had everyone in the same room using the same literature to a departmental Sunday School. The departmental Sunday School divided the children into age groups and graded all the literature and activities to their age level. This method of grading began to influence the worship service and the Junior Church became popular. In the over-all picture the departmental Sunday School was established in most American churches. Yet many educators take issue as to the effectiveness of the Junior Church as a method of training children to worship.
Odell, Allen C., "An Examination of the Junior Church and Corporate Worship as Methods of Training Children to Worship" (1960). Western Evangelical Seminary Theses. 432.