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Howard, Melanie A. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2018
Role-playing games have been a part of scholarly conversations about pedagogy for several decades. However, more work is needed in understanding how gaming pedagogy can best fit with and augment particular disciplines. After providing two examples of role-playing games that have been used successfully in teaching the New Testament, this article…
Descriptors: Role Playing, Religious Education, Teaching Methods, Biblical Literature
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Jones Medine, Carolyn M.; Penner, Todd; Lehman, Marjorie – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2015
These three articles deal with the issue of faith in the classroom--whether one should teach "to," "for," or "against" faith. While their institutional settings and experiences are different, the authors all contend that more serious reflection needs to be given to the matter of how religious commitment plays out in…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Judaism, Religious Factors, Beliefs
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Smith, Brian H. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2013
Increasing numbers of college students enrolling in religion courses in recent years are looking to develop their religious faith or spirituality, while professors of religion want students to use and appreciate scholarly tools to study religion from an academic perspective. Some scholars argue that it is not possible to satisfy both goals in the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Philosophy, Religion, Religious Education
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Oliver, Kyle Matthew – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2019
This article presents a pedagogical approach to training seminarians for faith leadership in the era of what Heidi Campbell has called "networked religion." It argues that the increasing digital mediation of religious practice, expression, and community represents an opportunity for students to explore and inhabit ministry sites and…
Descriptors: Theological Education, Church Related Colleges, Social Change, Religion
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Sharp, Carolyn J.; Clark-Soles, Jaime – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2012
What happens when students encounter the academic study of the Bible in the seminary or undergraduate classroom? Does a teacher have a responsibility to help students navigate challenges to Christian faith that might arise? What pedagogical problems and opportunities does this encounter present? How does this issue manifest differently in…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Biblical Literature, Teaching Methods, Textbooks
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Hess, Lisa M. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2014
Neither advocacy nor condemnation of distance learning, this essay offers observations and critical reflection on four years' longitudinal engagement with distance learning pedagogies for formation in higher theological education. Instead, readers are invited to curiosity, communal-institutional discernment, and intense ambivalence.…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Theological Education, Religious Education, Ethics
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Crane, Richard D. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2016
Teaching theology within academic institutions with confessional commitments and theologically conservative students requires holding together, in creative tension, two pedagogical goals. The challenge is to promote rigorous academic inquiry by encouraging student openness to engagement with perspectives that challenge their own beliefs while…
Descriptors: Theological Education, Introductory Courses, Models, Traditionalism
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Macaraan, Willard Enrique R. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2019
The increasing religious diversity in educational space has raised a legitimate question on how Catholic theology/catechesis must be taught in Philippine Catholic universities given the institutional mandate to educate students "into the faith of the Church through teaching of Christian doctrine in an organic and systematic way" (Wuerl,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Catholics, Religious Education, Colleges
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Cahalan, Kathleen A. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2011
Seminary education requires that students learn a complex body of theological knowledge, engage in the practices of ministry, and develop as persons of faith and vocation. Utilizing the six aspects of significant learning experiences defined by L. Dee Fink--foundational knowledge, application, integration, the human dimension, caring, and learning…
Descriptors: Church Related Colleges, Theological Education, Clergy, Spiritual Development
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Smith, Jonathan Z.; Pearson, Thomas; Gallagher, Eugene V.; Jensen, Tim; Fujiwara, Satoko – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2014
This interview was recorded in November 2012 in Jonathan Z. Smith's Hyde Park graystone. Professor Smith offers insights into how he thinks about his classroom teaching and his students' learning through descriptions of various assignments and classroom activities he has developed over more than forty years of teaching. The discussion…
Descriptors: Religious Education, College Instruction, Assignments, Class Activities
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O'Brien, Kevin J. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2014
Courses about religion and the environment should work toward a synthesis of critical thinking--teaching students to examine and question the interplay of environmental degradation, religious traditions, and new religious movements--and advocacy--helping students to embrace, articulate, and refine their own environmentalist commitments, in…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Critical Thinking, Advocacy, Religious Factors
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Riswold, Caryn D. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2015
Working with undergraduate students invites teachers into relationship and conversation with young people at a time when they are emerging as adults and forming their identities. Faith is one area of identity formation often attended to by scholars, college professors, and their institutions. But within that, little attention has been paid to…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Christianity, Undergraduate Students, Religious Education
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Lynch, Patrick; S. J.; Mizak, Pat – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2012
A growing interest in the communication to students of the mission and identity of a higher education institution prompted this study about the presence of Catholic, Jesuit values in the introductory religious studies course at a faith-based university. To conduct this study a survey instrument was developed, piloted, further refined, and then…
Descriptors: Religion Studies, Introductory Courses, Catholics, Higher Education
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Laytham, Brent – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2010
Theological education typically includes classroom worship, a practice of great pedagogical power and curricular import. As pedagogy, classroom worship does four things. It focuses teaching and learning on God, and fosters theological dispositions necessary for sustaining that attention. Second, it rightly positions the entire class in dialogical…
Descriptors: Theological Education, Classroom Environment, School Prayer, Educational Practices
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Raja, Joshva; Rajkumar, Peniel Jesudason Rufus – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2010
This essay considers Christian theological education in South Asia highlighting pertinent issues in pedagogical content, form, method, and praxis. Debunking the notion of students as "empty bottles" to be filled, and criticizing the top-down model of education, the paper argues that theological education is an ongoing and interactive…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Theological Education, Essays, Teacher Student Relationship
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