ERIC Number: EJ1077921
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
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Teaching Introductory Upper-Level Religion and Theology Classes
Clingerman, Forrest; O'Brien, Kevin J.
Teaching Theology & Religion, v18 n4 p326-342 Oct 2015
The undergraduate study of religion is predominantly undertaken by non-majors who are meeting a general education requirement. This means that, while curricular discussions make important distinctions between the work of lower- and upper-division courses, many religion and theology faculty are teaching hybrid courses that we call "introductory upper-level courses." These play an introductory role in general education while also serving the study of religion in a more advanced way. Attention to how these courses fit into multiple curricular goals will be important for the scholarship of teaching and learning in religious studies and theology. This essay draws on scholarship about introductory teaching and a survey of faculty about introductory upper-level courses to argue that the content of such courses should be understood as serving the study of religion at an advanced level, the context should be understood as introducing general education goals, and the goals for intellectual growth must strike a challenging balance between the two.
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Religious Education, Theological Education, General Education, Role of Education, Surveys, College Faculty, Undergraduate Students, Teacher Attitudes
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