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ERIC Number: EJ928079
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0034-4087
Brain-Based Learning, Neuroscience, and Their Impact on One Religious Educator
Winings, Kathy
Religious Education, v106 n3 p266-270 2011
The constellation of religious education courses that are offered in the author's school seek to equip students with the tools and knowledge they need to not only provide a solid understanding of faith for those they will teach but also a passion to seek out profound spiritual growth. Since she teaches most of the religious education courses, the author is always engaged in looking for those theories and methods that will better enable her to meet this challenge. An important component of her courses has always dealt with how people learn for the purpose of integrating the theological concepts into their very lives, forming spiritually healthy habits while getting rid of less desirable habits, thus initiating more profound spiritual growth and daily conversion. To reach this goal in her courses, she traditionally made use of developmental theories, the concept of transformational learning together with the idea of meaning-making. This is one reason why she found Jack Seymour's use of the concepts of "meaning perspectives" and "meaning schemes" to be of particular value. When she integrated these concepts into her teaching materials, it led her to seriously look at the obstacles one may face when it comes to spiritual formation and, in particular, adult religious education. Then, she discovered the early concepts of neuroscience and neuroeducation. In this article, the author reflects on the impact of brain-based learning and neuroscience in theological education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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