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Fisher, Kathleen; Newton, Richard; McClymond, Kathryn – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2019
This edited transcript of a roundtable "fishbowl" conversation at a session of the 2018 national conference of the American Academy of Religion brings three teaching scholars together around a shared reading of Jane Fried's book, "Education, Fishbowls, and Rabbit Holes: Rethinking Teaching and Liberal Education for an Interconnected…
Descriptors: Religion, Liberal Arts, Global Education, Higher Education
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Duperon, Matthew – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2018
This article explores the disconnection between ethical theory and ethical practice in ethics courses at secular U.S. colleges and universities. In such contexts academic ethics focuses almost exclusively on "ethical reasoning" and leaves the business of practical moral formation of students in the realm of "student life." I…
Descriptors: Moral Development, Religious Education, Teaching Methods, Ethics
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Loewen, Nathan – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2016
In this essay I propose that using online tools to connect geographically-separated classrooms for real-time collaborative learning experiences may effectively develop intercultural competency in the religious studies classroom. I explore personal examples from several international and inter-institutional collaborations with Jacques Derrida's…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Religion Studies, Computer Mediated Communication, Cooperative Learning
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McCutcheon, Russell T.; Hollander, Aaron T.; Durdin, Andrew F.; Gardner, Kelli A.; Miller, Adam T.; Crews, Emily D. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2016
This series of short essays considers the complex choices and decision-making processes of instructors preparing to teach, and continuing to teach, introductory courses in religious studies. In a paper originally presented in the University of Chicago's "The Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion" series, Russell McCutcheon…
Descriptors: Religion Studies, Introductory Courses, Instructional Development, Skill Development
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Gravett, Emily O. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2015
This essay presents Moses, the protagonist of the biblical books of Exodus and Deuteronomy in the Hebrew Bible, as a playful but generative metaphor for current teaching practices and experiences in higher education, including my own. Among numerous similarities (such as the fact that Moses, other teachers, and I are all bound by context), the…
Descriptors: Biblical Literature, Figurative Language, Teaching Methods, Teaching Experience
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Hess, Lisa M.; Brosmer, Mary Pierce; Moore, Mary Elizabeth Mullino – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2015
This is an edited transcript of a conversation between two founding women on the delights and demands of teaching and learning within and beyond traditional institutional life, facilitated by Lisa M. Hess of the journal's Editorial Board. The conscious feminine practices of a women's writing school, Women Writing for (a) Change (Cincinnati, Ohio),…
Descriptors: Theological Education, Religious Education, Learning, Higher Education
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Batten, Alicia J. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2012
This article employs George Lakoff and Mark Johnson's work on metaphor (1980) to examine the current use of the term "learning outcomes" within higher education. It argues that "learning outcomes" is an ontological metaphor (education becomes focused on results that one can understand and measure) that resonates with contemporary academic…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Figurative Language, Language Usage, Religion Studies
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Blanchard, Kathryn D. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2012
Most courses in colleges and universities are taught by only one instructor. This is often necessitated by the financial exigencies of educational institutions, but is also due to an academic tradition in which the ideal is a single expert teaching in a single discipline. The rapidly changing realities of both the higher education and job markets,…
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Interdisciplinary Approach, Team Teaching, Labor Market
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Maruggi, Matthew – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2012
This paper examines the development of the concept of solidarity as expressing a sense of shared humanity, while detailing critiques of its current use, especially when it implies a privileged center setting the agenda for the sake of marginalized others. My research demonstrates how solidarity can be modified when encountering difference, and how…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Church Related Colleges, Catholic Schools, Agenda Setting
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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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Coburn, Tom; Grace, Fran; Klein, Anne Carolyn; Komjathy, Louis; Roth, Harold; Simmer-Brown, Judith – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2011
Contemplative Pedagogy is a new and sometimes controversial pedagogical practice. Faculty often have basic questions about how to implement the pedagogy in their classrooms, in addition to questions that challenge the educational value and appropriateness of the practice. Assembled here are the most frequently asked questions about Contemplative…
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Religion, Religion Studies, Instruction
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Junior, Nyasha; Edwards, Amy – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2011
This essay describes a web site evaluation project which served as the final assignment for an undergraduate "Introduction to Religion" course. The essay discusses lessons learned from the design and implementation of this web-based research assignment over three consecutive semesters. It includes insights from an instructor and a reference…
Descriptors: Religion, Internet, Web Sites, Evaluation
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Grace, Fran – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2011
What is contemplative pedagogy and how is it practiced in Religious Studies classrooms? Contemplative pedagogy cultivates inner awareness through first-person investigations, often called "contemplative practices." Contemplative teaching practices range widely: silent sitting meditation, compassion practices, walking meditation, deep listening,…
Descriptors: Religion Studies, Investigations, Altruism, Handwriting
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Delamarter, Stephen; Gravett, Sandra L.; Ulrich, Daniel W.; Nysse, Richard W.; Polaski, Sandra Hack – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2011
In this edited transcript of a panel at the Society of Biblical Literature (November 23, 2009, Boston, Massachusetts), five Bible scholars give brief presentations on various challenges and opportunities encountered when teaching academic biblical studies courses online in both undergraduate and theological education contexts. Each presentation is…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Biblical Literature, Online Courses, Theological Education
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Webster, Jane S.; Buckley, James J.; Jensen, Tim; Floyd-Thomas, Stacey – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2011
In October 2008 The American Academy of Religion published the findings of an eighteen month study (conducted with funding from the Teagle Foundation) on "The Religious Studies Major in a Post-9/11 World: New Challenges, New Opportunities." Re-published here, this AAR-Teagle White Paper provides the opportunity for four respondents to…
Descriptors: Biblical Literature, Religion, Foreign Countries, Religious Education
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