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ERIC Number: EJ1004749
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0034-4087
Zone of Proximal Development, Liminality, and Communitas: Implications for Religious Education
Junker, Debora B. Agra
Religious Education, v108 n2 p164-179 2013
This article seeks to understand religious education as a process of communal endeavor that prioritizes and considers the learning experience intrinsically connected to its social and cultural contexts. Two authors will be of help to develop this pursuit: Lev Vygotsky, whose work emphasizes learning as constructed through interactions and in collaboration with members of a community, and Victor Turner who identifies the potential for creativity and transformation within the concepts of "liminality" and "communitas". The article concludes by suggesting that when a community acknowledges the multiple zones of proximal development--which creates opportunities of mutual support and democratic participation--"communitas" surfaces as a sign of liminal vitality, openness, and solidarity. (Contains 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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