ERIC Number: ED389366
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar-22
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The Soul of Active Learning: Connecting Psychology and Faith.
Jacobsen, Rhonda Hustedt
"Active Learning" refers to activities that help students connect new academic subjects with previous knowledge and experiences. This paper is an outline of a senior seminar on making connections between psychology and the broader lives of students. It is assumed that, for many undergraduate students, basic understandings of human nature are linked to the religion, faith, and spirituality fostered in their homes. The senior "capstone" course at Messiah College (Pennsylvania), for example, begins with a fairly objective and analytical comparison of data drawn from psychology and religion. A range of logical options for connecting theological and scientific theories is discussed to help students identify their own religious or theological convictions and epistemological presuppositions. The second part of the course deals with the effect of faith on human behavior or the study of human behavior to provide practical rather than theoretical examples of the interaction between religious faith and behavioral science. The final section of the course focuses on more individualistic and personal connections between psychology and spirituality. Students are exposed to stories of others who have connected the spiritual dimension of human life and the world around them. The purpose of this segment is to engage students in personal meaning-making. Student evaluation data for the course are consistently positive. Fifteen suggested texts are included. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Messiah College PA
Note: In: Teaching of Psychology: Ideas and Innovations. Proceedings of the Annual Conference on Undergraduate Teaching of Psychology (9th, Ellenville, NY, March 22-24, 1995); see JC 960 009.