ERIC Number: EJ878649
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
Between Guru and Deceiver? Responding to Unchosen Metaphors in the Religious Studies Classroom
Carr, Amy; Simmons, John K.
Teaching Theology & Religion, v13 n2 p156-168 Apr 2010
Two troublesome portraits of religious studies professors often exist in the minds of some students at any given time: the Guru, or wise spiritual teacher, and the Deceiver. These metaphors capture student perceptions of us that may be ill-informed and beyond our control. We will examine and compare how our own chosen metaphors for teaching--theological typologist and neutral enthusiast--respond creatively to the unchosen metaphors of guru or deceiver. We cannot avoid being cast as gurus/deceivers, but we can discern how our own metaphors for teaching engage "unchosen" student metaphors for us. This exercise can enhance our self-awareness about our own normative agendas in the classroom, and help to sharpen colleagues' conversations about our sometimes differing assumptions regarding the discipline and teaching of religious studies.
Descriptors: Religion Studies, Religious Education, Figurative Language, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Educational Practices, Audience Awareness, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Teacher Effectiveness, Deception, Instructional Design
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