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ERIC Number: EJ900702
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1368-4868
A Spectrum Pedagogy for Christian Ethics: Respecting Difference without Resorting to Relativism
Heim, Joel J.; Scovill, Nelia Beth
Teaching Theology & Religion, v13 n4 p350-370 Oct 2010
This paper presents an overview of a newly developed spectrum pedagogy of Christian ethics that emerged from the authors' experience of teaching a contemporary Christian ethics course for seven years. A spectrum pedagogy is a comprehensive approach to teaching Christian ethics that combines the modeling of key dispositions using specific tools (issue-specific spectrums and ethical theories) and learning experiences (engaging multiple positions and responding to concrete situations). The pedagogy gains its name from the issue-specific spectrums used by instructors to orient students to contemporary debate on a given issue and by students in their ethical reflection. The goal of this pedagogy is to empower students to construct their own responses while respecting differing viewpoints without resorting to relativism. This article surveys the essential elements of a "spectrum pedagogy," describes its implementation into a semester-long course, and identifies multiple benefits of using this pedagogy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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