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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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Bassett, Molly H. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2016
In this essay, I explore an exam format that pairs multiple-choice questions with required rationales. In a space adjacent to each multiple-choice question, students explain why or how they arrived at the answer they selected. This exercise builds the critical thinking skill known as metacognition, thinking about thinking, into an exam that also…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Teaching Methods, Multiple Choice Tests, Metacognition
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Wigg-Stevenson, Natalie – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2016
This article emerges from the experience of incorporating doctoral students into our Contextual Education (CXE) Program at Emmanuel College (Toronto). This change, I argue, helped us to distinguish more clearly among and thus distinctly orient the different kinds of relationships and theological practices that make up our program towards the…
Descriptors: Integrated Curriculum, Doctoral Programs, Context Effect, Definitions
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McCutcheon, Russell T.; Hollander, Aaron T.; Durdin, Andrew F.; Gardner, Kelli A.; Miller, Adam T.; Crews, Emily D. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2016
This series of short essays considers the complex choices and decision-making processes of instructors preparing to teach, and continuing to teach, introductory courses in religious studies. In a paper originally presented in the University of Chicago's "The Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion" series, Russell McCutcheon…
Descriptors: Religion Studies, Introductory Courses, Instructional Development, Skill Development
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Myers, William R. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2015
A renowned child psychoanalyst, Erik H. Erikson (1902-1994) is perhaps best known for his work on developmental theory ("Childhood and Society," 1950) and his studies of the lives of Martin Luther ("Young Man Luther," 1958) and Gandhi ("Gandhi's Truth", 1969). Twice he found himself intensely engaged in the role of…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Profiles, Recognition (Achievement), Educational Practices
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Hess, Mary E.; Gallagher, Eugene V.; Turpin, Katherine – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2014
These brief essays by Mary Hess, Eugene Gallagher, and Katherine Turpin are solicited responses from three different contexts to the provocative book by Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown, "The New Culture of Learning" (2011). Mary Hess writes from a seminary context, providing a critical summary of the authors' major concepts and…
Descriptors: Theological Education, Religious Education, Liberal Arts, Online Courses
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Cahalan, Kathleen A. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2011
Seminary education requires that students learn a complex body of theological knowledge, engage in the practices of ministry, and develop as persons of faith and vocation. Utilizing the six aspects of significant learning experiences defined by L. Dee Fink--foundational knowledge, application, integration, the human dimension, caring, and learning…
Descriptors: Church Related Colleges, Theological Education, Clergy, Spiritual Development
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Campbell-Reed, Eileen R.; Scharen, Christian – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2011
How do seminarians move from imagining ministry to embodying pastoral imagination? Stories gathered from seminarians in their final year of study show the complexity of shifting from classroom work, which foregrounds theory and intellectual imagination, to more embodied, relational, and emotionally intense engagements of ministry. Stories about…
Descriptors: Theological Education, Church Related Colleges, Clergy, Theory Practice Relationship
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Carr, Amy; Simmons, John K. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2010
Two troublesome portraits of religious studies professors often exist in the minds of some students at any given time: the Guru, or wise spiritual teacher, and the Deceiver. These metaphors capture student perceptions of us that may be ill-informed and beyond our control. We will examine and compare how our own chosen metaphors for…
Descriptors: Religion Studies, Religious Education, Figurative Language, Classroom Environment
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Laytham, Brent – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2010
Theological education typically includes classroom worship, a practice of great pedagogical power and curricular import. As pedagogy, classroom worship does four things. It focuses teaching and learning on God, and fosters theological dispositions necessary for sustaining that attention. Second, it rightly positions the entire class in dialogical…
Descriptors: Theological Education, Classroom Environment, School Prayer, Educational Practices
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Rindge, Matthew S.; Runions, Erin; Ascough, Richard S. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2010
This article begins by recognizing the increasing use of film in Religion, Theology, and Bible courses. It contends that in many Biblical Studies (and Religious Studies and Theology) courses, students are neither taught how to view films properly, nor how to place films into constructive dialogue with biblical texts. The article argues for a…
Descriptors: Religion Studies, Biblical Literature, Philosophy, Films
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Kirkpatrick, Shane – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2010
Teaching a required introductory Bible course to non-majors at a church-related college presents a number of pedagogical challenges. When considering how to teach such a course in the context of concerns common to the liberal arts, I find myself reflecting on authority. My thoughts on the teaching of this course in my own context are organized…
Descriptors: Nonmajors, Introductory Courses, Church Related Colleges, Liberal Arts
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Lelwica, Michelle Mary – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2009
This paper explores the concept and practice of "embodied pedagogy" as an alternative to the Cartesian approach to knowledge that is tacitly embedded in traditional modes of teaching and learning about religion. My analysis highlights a class I co-teach that combines the study of Aikido (a Japanese martial art) with seminar-style discussions of…
Descriptors: Religion, Teaching Methods, Religion Studies, Theological Education
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Killen, Patricia O'Connell; Duntley, Madeline; Furey, Constance; Gilpin, W. Clark; Six-Means, Horace E. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2009
At the November 2008 meeting of the American Academy of Religion, the History of Christianity section sponsored a panel around the question: "What are the key challenges, opportunities, and goals in the History of Christianity classroom today and how best should teachers respond to them?" Beginning with brief sketches of institutional context and…
Descriptors: Christianity, Focus Groups, Thematic Approach, Fundamental Concepts
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Danaher, William – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2009
This article reflects on an effort to incorporate constructivist pedagogies (learner-centered, inquiry-guided, problem-based models of teaching) into an introductory class on Christian Ethics in an M.Div. curriculum. Although some students preferred more traditional pedagogies, the majority found that constructivist pedagogies better accommodated…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Ethics, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices
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