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Higgins, Gregory C. – Religious Education, 1994
Maintains that the quality of most theology courses is measured by the quality of class discussion. Identifies and discusses philosophical, theological, and educational assumptions that have a bearing on class discussion. Presents strategies to help reinvigorate a stalled discussion. (CFR)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Course Content, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Higher Education
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Berryman, Jerome W. – Religious Education, 1990
Argues that religious education should be sensitive to the existential limits that are commonly shared. States the religious life of children must be respected. Maintains that the religious curriculum topics are death, freedom, aloneness, and meaninglessness. Asserts religious education teachers must be comfortable with the presence of God, and…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Childhood Attitudes, Curriculum Development, Death
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Browning, Robert L. – Religious Education, 1990
Maintains that greater cooperation among world religions can lead to interfaith dialogue and joint action to solve world environmental problems. Proposes models to follow in promoting interfaith dialogue and action. Recommends injecting a cooperative spirit into theological and lay education and the inclusion of the legal study of religion in…
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Cooperation, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development
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Rogers, Donald B. – Religious Education, 1990
Points out the centrality of imagery in the educational process and argues that images from the Exile period of Hebrew history could provide analogies and metaphors for study of the current ecological crisis. Explores parallels between these historical eras. Urges humans to see themselves as connected to nature rather than dominating nature. (DB)
Descriptors: Ancient History, Biblical Literature, Conservation (Environment), Ecology
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Bratton, Susan P. – Religious Education, 1990
Proposes teaching students skills for integrating theological inquiry with scientific, economic, and political issues concerning the environment. Suggests classroom exercises designed to bridge the gap between theology and environmental science. Discusses classroom texts drawn from theological, philosophical, and biological sources. Elucidates…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Ecology, Environment, Environmental Education
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Griggs, Donald L. – Religious Education, 1990
Presents a proposal of what is possible and necessary for teaching, studying, and learning the "Bible" with children, youth, and adults of religious congregations. Looks to scripture to gain clues regarding its important role in the spiritual formation of believers of all ages. Offers examples of ways to implement effective strategies…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Biblical Literature, Christianity, Churches
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McBrien, Philip J. – Religious Education, 1990
Presents a method of teaching liturgical texts, related to the lectionary. Describes Bernard L. Lee's shared homily method based on Hans-Georg Gadamer's hermeneutical movements. Illustrates how Lee's homiletic method can be adapted into a disciplined conversation with the text for use in other religious instruction. (DB)
Descriptors: Biblical Literature, Catholic Educators, Hermeneutics, Reader Response
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Walters, Thomas P. – Religious Education, 1990
Maintains that all teachers possess instructional objectives despite claims to the contrary. Defines instructional objectives as the understanding, attitudes, and skills that a teacher wants a learner to acquire. Discusses the instructional objectives of catechetical education. Examines the debate over catechetical education and instructional…
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices
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Partington, Geoffrey – Religious Education, 1989
Presents a plan for studying the First Book of Samuel as a way to teach history using original text. Outlines a unit dealing with the establishment of the Jewish monarchy. Contends that the Old Testament is either neglected or presented inadequately for understanding history or building faith. (KO)
Descriptors: Biblical Literature, History Instruction, Instructional Materials, Judaism
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Hill, Brennan R. – Religious Education, 1990
Maintains that contemporary theology of creation is concerned with social, ecological, and nuclear crises, pointing out that many theologians assume responsibility for offering values needed for earth's survival. Reports on the perspectives of four theologians on creation: Gibson Winter; John Haught; A. R. Peacocke; and Sallie McFague. Suggest…
Descriptors: Biblical Literature, Christianity, Creationism, Curriculum Development