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McGuire, Beverley – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2019
This article discusses an experiential teaching method that uses secular activities that are simple, accessible, and analogous to religious practice in order to facilitate comparative religious study. These "analogous activities" -- for example, social rituals, stillness, yoga, a social media fast, singing, nonviolent communication, and…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Teaching Methods, Religion, Religious Education
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Defibaugh, Amy; Krutzsch, Brett – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2017
This article proposes strategies for teaching about sexuality in Islam through student-centered learning activities, such as self-reflection, multimedia presentations, and small group discussions. We focus on a diversity of perspectives related to veiling in Islam. The approaches we describe help students deconstruct and reevaluate common U.S.…
Descriptors: Islam, Sexuality, Sex Education, Teaching Methods
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Ott, Kate – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2017
How do we deal with our own sexuality as teachers and as learners in the classroom? As a seminary professor in a mainline Christian context, I find that discussing sexuality increases student discomfort levels by threatening to raise questions about the connections between morality, behavior, and bodies of those in the room--questions we have been…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Theological Education, Christianity, Teaching Methods
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Fisher, Kathleen M. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2017
This paper presents a critique of a set of teaching strategies known as "contemplative pedagogy." Using practices such as meditation, attentive listening, and reflective reading, contemplative inquiry focuses on direct first-person experience as an essential means of knowing that has historically been overshadowed and dismissed by an…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Reflection, Attention, Listening
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DeTemple, Jill; Sarrouf, John – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2017
This article focuses on Reflective Structured Dialogue as a set of practices developed in the context of conflict resolution that are well suited to handling quotidian uneasiness and extraordinary moments of disruption in religious studies classrooms. After introducing Reflective Structured Dialogue's history, goals, and general practices, the…
Descriptors: Religion Studies, Reflection, Dialogs (Language), Conflict Resolution
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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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Loewen, Nathan – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2016
In this essay I propose that using online tools to connect geographically-separated classrooms for real-time collaborative learning experiences may effectively develop intercultural competency in the religious studies classroom. I explore personal examples from several international and inter-institutional collaborations with Jacques Derrida's…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Religion Studies, Computer Mediated Communication, Cooperative Learning
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Jordon, Sherry – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2014
This article describes the use of "Writing to Learn" assignments in a course on the Theology of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations. These short, informal assignments promote active learning by focusing on writing as a process for critical thinking and as a way to learn the content of the course. They help students creatively engage…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Protestants, Catholics, Philosophy
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Clingerman, Forrest – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2014
Reflecting on the complementary pedagogical models on teaching courses related to religion and the environment presented in this issue of the journal by Kevin O'Brien ("Balancing Critique and Commitment") and Jennifer Ayres ("Learning on the Ground"), I suggest ways in which these essays form a conversation about teaching.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Religious Education, Theological Education, Reflection
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Corrie, Elizabeth W. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2013
The course "Empowering Youth for Global Citizenship" seeks to equip students to teach global citizenship by engaging them in practices of ascetic withdrawal from consumer habits and active engagement in the public sphere. These goals underlie the design of the assignments, but should have also shaped the relationship between the assignments…
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Outcomes of Education, Assignments, Reflection
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Foster, Charles R. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2013
Patricia Killen and Eugene Gallagher make a strong case for "constructive possibilities" in the scholarship of teaching and learning theology and religion. They clarify its relationship and hence its contributions to the larger discussion of the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education, identify operative standards and procedures…
Descriptors: Scholarship, Philosophy, Reflection, Religion
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Kanarek, Jane; Lehman, Marjorie – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2013
This article explores assignments as a core teaching practice essential to integrating the cognitive, personal, and professional identities of seminary students. These core practices emerge in seminary curricula where there is a strong focus on the teaching of canonical texts and a goal of achieving textual mastery. We propose that carefully…
Descriptors: Theological Education, Church Related Colleges, Judaism, Jews
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Koppel, Michael S. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2013
This article elucidates theoretical underpinnings for the use of one's self in the pastoral theological classroom. The contemplative bow is developed as a capacious metaphor to describe appropriate self use and its necessary importance in the teaching and learning of pastoral arts in a theological curriculum. Central to the argument is the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Theological Education, Self Concept, Nonverbal Communication
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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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Gravett, Sandie; Hulsether, Mark; Medine, Carolyn – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2011
An extended set of conversations conducted by three religious studies faculty teaching at large public universities in the Southern United States spurred these reflections on how their institutional locations inflected issues such as the cultural expectations students bring to the classroom, how these expectations interact with the evolving…
Descriptors: Religion Studies, Universities, Philosophy, Religious Education
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