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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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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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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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Bauman, Whitney; Marchal, Joseph A.; McLain, Karline; O'Connell, Maureen; Patterson, Sara M. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2014
This essay provides an overview of the distinctive challenges presented to teaching and learning in religious and theological studies by the conditions and characteristics of "millennial" students. While the emerging literature on this generation is far from consistent, it is still instructive and important to engage, as students that…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Characteristics, Religious Education, Theological Education
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Yaghjian, Lucretia B. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2013
Mentoring is an important but often overlooked resource in theological education and students' academic and spiritual formation. This essay profiles the mentoring practices and postures of the writing tutor and the spiritual director as exemplars of academic and spiritual mentoring. An extended probe of this analogy affirms the integration of…
Descriptors: Mentors, Spiritual Development, Profiles, Writing Instruction
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Lanci, John R. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2013
Undergraduate students today often enroll in introductory religious studies or theology classes because they want the time and space to reflect on their personal spiritual questions. Such a motivation can clash with the faculty's desire to introduce students to rigorous academic study of their field. Barbara Walvoord has proposed four "voices"…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Teaching Methods, Philosophy, Undergraduate Students
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Smith, Brian H. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2013
Increasing numbers of college students enrolling in religion courses in recent years are looking to develop their religious faith or spirituality, while professors of religion want students to use and appreciate scholarly tools to study religion from an academic perspective. Some scholars argue that it is not possible to satisfy both goals in the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Philosophy, Religion, Religious Education
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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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Maruggi, Matthew – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2012
This paper examines the development of the concept of solidarity as expressing a sense of shared humanity, while detailing critiques of its current use, especially when it implies a privileged center setting the agenda for the sake of marginalized others. My research demonstrates how solidarity can be modified when encountering difference, and how…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Church Related Colleges, Catholic Schools, Agenda Setting
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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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Kanarek, Jane – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2010
This article explores a set of practices in the teaching of Talmud called "the pedagogy of slowing down." Through the author's analysis of her own teaching in an intensive Talmud class, "the pedagogy of slowing down" emerges as a pedagogical and cultural model in which the students learn to read more closely and to investigate the multiplicity of…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Religion, Religious Education, Judaism
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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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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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Gallagher, Eugene V. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2009
Stephen Prothero's "Religious Literacy" makes a strong case that minimal religious literacy is an essential requirement for contemporary U. S. citizens. He argues further that high schools and colleges should offer required courses in the study of religion in order to help students reach that baseline literacy. Beyond the general recommendation…
Descriptors: Required Courses, Christianity, Religious Education, Religion Studies
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