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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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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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Hilton, John, III; Sweat, Anthony; Griffin, Tyler; Griffiths, Casey Paul – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2016
We analyzed 2,621 written student comments to better understand themes which most contribute to religion classes being rated high or low in terms of the spiritual benefit students received from the class. From 2,448 religion classes taught from September of 2010 through April of 2014, comments from the top 61 (2.5 percent) and bottom 51 (2.1…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Religious Education, Spiritual Development, Student Attitudes
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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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Scheid, Anna Floerke; Vasko, Elisabeth T. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2014
While a number of scholars in the field of Christian theology have argued for the importance of teaching diversity and social justice in theology and religious studies classrooms, little has been done to document and assess formally the implementation of such pedagogy. In this article, the authors discuss the findings of a yearlong Scholarship of…
Descriptors: White Students, Multicultural Education, Theological Education, Christianity
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Lynch, Patrick; S. J.; Mizak, Pat – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2012
A growing interest in the communication to students of the mission and identity of a higher education institution prompted this study about the presence of Catholic, Jesuit values in the introductory religious studies course at a faith-based university. To conduct this study a survey instrument was developed, piloted, further refined, and then…
Descriptors: Religion Studies, Introductory Courses, Catholics, Higher Education
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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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Hill, Jack A. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2009
This article contends that teaching more effectively for diversity requires a radical re-envisioning of pedagogical practice. Drawing on qualitative interviews with religion and theology professors of color throughout the United States, it explores how faculty can re-imagine their teaching by engaging students where they are, acknowledging the…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Teacher Attitudes
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Bosworth, David A. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2007
The present article describes a modular approach to teaching Genesis 1-3 that values depth over breadth even in an introductory class. The module allows students to learn about the text and its original context by orienting discussion around contemporary issues of practical concern. Specifically, the creation-evolution debates provide an…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Creationism, Teaching Methods, Time Perspective
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Burr, Elizabeth G. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2005
In this essay I reflect on my experience thus far of teaching Islam as a non-Muslim at Metropolitan State University and at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. I begin by narrating a conversation about conversation that I had with one of my Muslim students. Then I introduce the theme of multiplicity as a way of…
Descriptors: Muslims, Student Attitudes, Textbooks, Islam