ERIC Number: EJ1086173
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Forum: Crafting the Introductory Course in Religious Studies
McCutcheon, Russell T.; Hollander, Aaron T.; Durdin, Andrew F.; Gardner, Kelli A.; Miller, Adam T.; Crews, Emily D.
Teaching Theology & Religion, v19 n1 p78-98 Jan 2016
This series of short essays considers the complex choices and decision-making processes of instructors preparing to teach, and continuing to teach, introductory courses in religious studies. In a paper originally presented in the University of Chicago's "The Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion" series, Russell McCutcheon explores a "baker's dozen" of such choices and the larger pedagogical problems with which they are entwined, ranging from classic questions of skill development and content coverage to philosophical concerns around students' identification with their topics of study and institutional concerns around governance and assessment. Aaron Hollander provides a brief introduction and four doctoral students at the University of Chicago Divinity School respond to McCutcheon's essay, widening its scope, testing its applicability, and interrogating its undergirding suppositions from the perspective of early-career educators in the field.
Descriptors: Religion Studies, Introductory Courses, Instructional Development, Skill Development, Higher Education, Educational Practices, Governance, Educational Assessment, Instructional Design, Decision Making
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