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ERIC Number: EJ853396
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1368-4868
Why Do Students Keep Writing Me Sermons? Teaching Biblical Studies Cross-Culturally in New Zealand
Wall, Lynne
Teaching Theology & Religion, v10 n1 p34-41 Jan 2007
Students from different cultural backgrounds respond in a variety of ways to my teaching of biblical studies. Some sermonize or plagiarize quite unselfconsciously in their written assignments, while others consistently hand in work late or are silent members of the class. As I struggled with what these behaviors were saying about my teaching, I came to realize that limited ability in spoken and written English was not the only barrier. Deeper issues were at stake here about the nature of cross-cultural communication, teaching, and learning. In this note I analyze the issues of faith, authority, and styles of teaching and learning which underlie the "clash of educational cultures" (Ballard and Clanchy 1997, viii) occurring in the cross-cultural classroom. Then I suggest a number of strategies that I have developed to build bridges of understanding between the various educational cultures, to encourage deeper participation and to develop critical thinking.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand