ERIC Number: EJ850527
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
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Teaching Creation: A Modular Approach
Bosworth, David A.
Teaching Theology & Religion, v10 n4 p231-234 Oct 2007
The present article describes a modular approach to teaching Genesis 1-3 that values depth over breadth even in an introductory class. The module allows students to learn about the text and its original context by orienting discussion around contemporary issues of practical concern. Specifically, the creation-evolution debates provide an opportunity for students to learn about contemporary political, social, and legal implications of interpreting Genesis 1-3. The conflict of traditional and modern values emerges also in issues surrounding gender and autonomy in Genesis 2-3. This pedagogical approach challenges various student worldviews to promote discussion and greater intellectual sophistication. The correlation of the text with ongoing contemporary issues engages student interest and motivates learning. It also allows the class to explore both the ancient text and its interpretation in diverse communities. Finally, the module allows considerable flexibility for student and teacher interest and the needs of a given class.
Descriptors: Religious Education, Creationism, Teaching Methods, Time Perspective, Relevance (Education), World Views, Student Attitudes, Student Interests
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