ERIC Number: EJ1071746
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1361 7672
The Implications of Religious Identity for Teaching Ethics
Glanzer, Perry L.; Alleman, Nathan F.
Journal of Beliefs & Values, v36 n2 p131-141 2015
Some debate exists about the degree to which one should merge one's identities, particularly those with important normative content, with one's teaching practices. This issue becomes particularly important for those with a religious identity who purposefully merge their identity with classroom practices. This article examines the qualitative answers of 328 Christian professors to a question addressing how they merge their Christian theological tradition with their ethical teaching in the classroom. We find that the answers demonstrate the identity merging takes place in multiple ways. For these professors, teaching consists of multiple sub-practices (e.g. discussion, lecturing, grading, etc.) that need to be guided by certain virtues and theological perspectives and justifications in order to develop the requisite goods. Indeed, both good teaching and their conception of the good cannot be separated from their identity.
Descriptors: Religion, Religious Factors, Ethics, Identification (Psychology), Qualitative Research, Christianity, College Faculty, Teaching Methods, Online Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Philosophy, Expectation, Values
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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