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Gin, Deborah H. C.; Lester, G. Brooke; Blodgett, Barbara – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2019
This Forum explores what the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) has been learning about formation in online contexts through the Educational Models and Practices project. Deborah Gin's opening essay briefly enumerates operating assumptions, several widespread misconceptions, and emerging recommended practices. G. Brooke Lester proposes a…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Theological Education, Misconceptions, Constructivism (Learning)
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Ascough, Richard; Barreto, Eric D.; Birch, Bruce C.; Pilarski, Ahida Calderón; Reese, Ruth Anne – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2018
This Forum emerges from a session initiated by the Professional Development Committee at the 2017 conference of the Society of Biblical Literature in Boston. A panel of five Bible scholars, from both theological education and undergraduate contexts, provide brief descriptions and analyses of a specific course they have taught online. They describe…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Biblical Literature, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Students
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Bruehler, Bart B. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2018
Many courses in higher education rely on the hierarchical organization of Bloom's taxonomy to categorize and sequence learning. Introductory courses on scripture often emphasize remembering content and background as a basis for applying the sacred text to one's life. However, a review of the literature demonstrates little support for the widely…
Descriptors: Taxonomy, Introductory Courses, Biblical Literature, College Students
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Troftgruben, Troy M. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2018
The field of biblical studies lends itself well to decentered online learning--a kind that uses active learning to engage primary texts and their interpretations. Not only does such an approach work well in online and hybrid formats, it more readily welcomes readings that are more contextual, constructive, and collaborative. Three aspects best…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Online Courses, Biblical Literature, Electronic Learning
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Palmer, Carmen – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2018
This paper introduces Rewritten Scripture and scriptural rewriting as a creative process that, when mirrored in a teaching exercise, may serve as an effective practice in teaching sacred texts. Observing changes made between scripture and its rewriting may allow readers to identify different contexts among these texts. Furthermore, the act of…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Biblical Literature, Teaching Methods, Writing Exercises
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Ricker, Aaron; Peterfeso, Jill; Zubko, Katherine C.; Yoo, William; Blanchard, Kate – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2018
In our ostensibly secular age, discussing the real-world contexts and impacts of religious traditions in the classroom can be difficult. Religious traditions may appear at different times to different students as too irrelevant, too personal, or too inflammatory to allow them to engage openly with the materials, the issues, and each other. In this…
Descriptors: Role Playing, Teaching Methods, Risk, Religious Education
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Trimm, Charlie – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2018
This essay provides a brief overview of an educational board game developed by the author for use in upper division Old Testament classes. The game, extending in stages across the semester, heightens student learning by requiring strategic thinking about various historical, political, and geographical relationships. Appendices and links to online…
Descriptors: Biblical Literature, Religious Education, Teaching Methods, Educational Games
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Howard, Melanie A. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2018
Role-playing games have been a part of scholarly conversations about pedagogy for several decades. However, more work is needed in understanding how gaming pedagogy can best fit with and augment particular disciplines. After providing two examples of role-playing games that have been used successfully in teaching the New Testament, this article…
Descriptors: Role Playing, Religious Education, Teaching Methods, Biblical Literature
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Delamarter, Steve – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2018
This essay distills pedagogical principles that have emerged through a dozen years of experience teaching a seminary introductory Old Testament course online. The rich interactions and social cues that professors rely on to monitor student learning in face-to-face classrooms are replaced by a carefully choreographed pattern of student learning…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Teaching Methods, Learning Theories, Educational Principles
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Sanders, Carl E., II – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2017
Grammar-translation pedagogy is the standard for biblical language instruction. Second language acquisition scholars have argued that grammar-translation is ineffective and not empirically justified. Moreover, evidence suggests most seminary graduates do not use biblical languages effectively in ministry. Task-based instruction is an important…
Descriptors: Religion Studies, Religious Education, Biblical Literature, Grammar Translation Method
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Hussey, Ian – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2017
This article reports on a practitioner action research project focused on developing, trialing, and reflecting upon a continuous and formative-assessment plan for a foundational New Testament survey course. Three pedagogical convictions are discussed and drive the design of the assessment. Seven to nine assessment items (depending on level of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Religious Education, Biblical Literature, Action Research
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Reed, Randall – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2016
The millennial generation is distinctive for several reasons, not the least is its growing religious disaffiliation. Given a growing disinterest in religion in general and the Bible in particular especially among the fast growing group of millennial "nones" how can biblical studies classes still be seen as appealing and relevant? This…
Descriptors: Biblical Literature, Religious Education, Beliefs, Self Concept
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Cornell, Collin; LeMon, Joel M. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2016
This study identifies the dominant modes of biblical interpretation being taught in introductory Bible courses through a qualitative analysis of course syllabi from three institutional contexts: evangelical Christian colleges, private colleges, and public universities. Despite a proliferation of methods and scholarly approaches to the Bible, this…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Biblical Literature, Religion Studies, Religious Education
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West, Travis; Nam, Roger S.; Benckhuysen, Amanda W. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2016
This essay analyzes a critical incident that took place in a hybrid distance-learning Hebrew language class that was adapting interactive, immersion-style, kinesthetic pedagogy during the week-long face-to-face intensive portion of the class--including Total Physical Response techniques in which students respond to the language with whole-body…
Descriptors: Kinesthetic Methods, Second Language Learning, Distance Education, Kinesthetic Perception
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Gravett, Emily O. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2015
This essay presents Moses, the protagonist of the biblical books of Exodus and Deuteronomy in the Hebrew Bible, as a playful but generative metaphor for current teaching practices and experiences in higher education, including my own. Among numerous similarities (such as the fact that Moses, other teachers, and I are all bound by context), the…
Descriptors: Biblical Literature, Figurative Language, Teaching Methods, Teaching Experience
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