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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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Cornwall, Susannah – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2018
Students increasingly appear anxious, risk-averse, and worried about getting things "wrong." They may appear to lack intellectual curiosity, and be unwilling to engage in independent study. This essay explores how teaching and assessment in theology and religious studies might help students learn to take intellectual risks, and increase…
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), Self Esteem, Theological Education, Religion Studies
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Gravett, Emily O. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2018
One of the most illuminating finds in Barbara E. Walvoord's "Teaching and Learning in College Introductory Religion Courses" (2008) is what she calls "the great divide," a mismatch between instructors' goals for their courses, which are academic, and the students' reasons for taking them, which relate to their personal…
Descriptors: Religion Studies, College Students, Introductory Courses, Teaching Methods
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Duperon, Matthew – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2018
This article explores the disconnection between ethical theory and ethical practice in ethics courses at secular U.S. colleges and universities. In such contexts academic ethics focuses almost exclusively on "ethical reasoning" and leaves the business of practical moral formation of students in the realm of "student life." I…
Descriptors: Moral Development, Religious Education, Teaching Methods, Ethics
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Guth, Karen V. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2018
Cases like that of John Howard Yoder--a pacifist theorist who perpetrated sexual violence--raise difficult questions about teaching material implicated in traumatic pasts. This paper argues that "moral injury" provides a useful framework for understanding the dynamics of teaching prominent cases of tainted legacies like Yoder's and for…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Ethics, Social Problems, Trauma
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Moles, Katia – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2017
Sexual activity and desire have often been seen as inimical to Christian spirituality and practice, and many people have come to view Christianity as austere and shaming regarding sexuality. However, sexuality, religion, and policy-making have become so intertwined, that to ignore how they intersect and affect particular individuals' lives does a…
Descriptors: Sex Education, Religious Education, Christianity, College Students
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Karapanagiotis, Nicole – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2017
In this article, I explore an ethical and pedagogical dilemma that I encounter each semester in my world religions courses: namely, that a great number of students enroll in the courses as part of their missionary training programs, and come to class understanding successful learning to mean gathering enough information about the world's religious…
Descriptors: Religion, Religion Studies, Ethics, Public Colleges
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Manning, Patrick R. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2017
In the face of a mounting mental health crisis among college students, professors have an opportunity and responsibility to respond to their students' psychological distress. Psychological and historical scholarship suggests that the proliferation of modern media and breakdown in traditional sources of existential meaning like religion are…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, College Students, Mental Health, Mental Disorders
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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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Johnson, Willa M. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2016
This essay explores classroom dynamics when students identify and connect their own painful experiences to structural racism or ethnocentrism exhibited in the Holocaust or parts of Jewish history. The intrusion of this proximal knowledge can be an obstacle to student learning. If engaged by professors, however, I argue that proximal knowledge can…
Descriptors: Jews, History Instruction, European History, Racial Bias
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Patterson, Barbara A. B.; Munoz, Leslie; Abrams, Leah; Bass, Caroline – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2015
Transformative Learning Theory and pedagogies leverage disruptive experiences as catalysts for learning and teaching. By facilitating processes of critical analysis and reflection that challenge assumptions, transformative learning reframes what counts as knowledge and the sources and processes for gaining and producing it. Students develop a…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Grounded Theory, Qualitative Research, Outcomes of Education
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Mercer, Calvin – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2015
Conservative (fundamentalist, evangelical) Christian students present a general theological worldview that often correlates with significant anxiety. In a foreign setting, the anxiety of conservative students, removed from their supportive infrastructure, can be considerably heightened. This structure of thinking and emotion presents distinctive…
Descriptors: Freedom, Study Abroad, Christianity, Student Attitudes
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Barbour, John D. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2015
This response explains three ways in which the preceding essays are a significant contribution to the study of study abroad, explores three additional issues, and makes three suggestions for future work on religious studies and study abroad. This response is published alongside of six other essays, comprising a special section of the journal (see…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Theological Education, Study Abroad, Teaching Methods
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Downie, Alison – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2015
This essay describes a transformation in my experience as an adjunct teaching underprepared students from one of shame toward a desire to assert the value of this work. Insights from my feminist theological training helped me to affirm the importance of encouraging transformative learning in teaching the academically marginalized and prompted my…
Descriptors: Adjunct Faculty, College Faculty, Religious Education, Feminism
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Fujiwara, Satoko – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2015
This essay is part of a collection of short essays solicited from authors around the globe who teach religion courses at the college level (not for professional religious training). They are published together with an introduction in "Teaching Theology and Religion" 18:3 (July 2015). The authors were asked to provide a brief overview of…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Religious Education, Educational Objectives, College Faculty
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