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ERIC Number: ED422326
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb-27
Pages: 31
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Professional Development of Teachers: A Process for Integrating Faith and Learning in Christian Schools.
Nwosu, Constance C.
This paper investigates how to train teachers in Christian schools for the integration of faith and learning (IFL) in their classrooms, noting that professional development of teachers in Christian schools can foster IFL in individual classrooms and entire campuses. The paper focuses on Jesus's training methodology, identifying components used in the training of his disciples, comparing them with current research on training, and suggesting implications for IFL training. The five components of professional development include: addressing declarative knowledge, acquiring procedural knowledge, practicing under simulated conditions, providing feedback, and offering peer coaching. The concept of professional development fits within the Divine perspective of discipline. The Bible gives several examples of individuals who turned their followers into leaders, with Jesus Christ the greatest professional developer recorded in the Bible. Christ's professional development program found its culmination in the training of the 12 disciples. Christ's method of teaching incorporated the five components of professional development. Teachers in Christian schools need study groups on their campuses in order to maintain continuity and effectiveness in the implementation of IFL in their classrooms. Campuses should designate time each month for faith learning activities. The purpose of these study groups should be to help teachers acquire the knowledge and skills they need to integrate faith and learning. (Contains 24 tables and 31 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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