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Ricker, Aaron; Peterfeso, Jill; Zubko, Katherine C.; Yoo, William; Blanchard, Kate – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2018
In our ostensibly secular age, discussing the real-world contexts and impacts of religious traditions in the classroom can be difficult. Religious traditions may appear at different times to different students as too irrelevant, too personal, or too inflammatory to allow them to engage openly with the materials, the issues, and each other. In this…
Descriptors: Role Playing, Teaching Methods, Risk, Religious Education
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Hayse, Mark – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2018
In the undergraduate classroom, tabletop games can aid both teaching and learning -- especially when accompanied by debriefing exercises following gameplay. In particular, tabletop games enable undergraduate learners to practice the 21st century skills of collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. This qualitative study examines three…
Descriptors: Games, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Students, Learning Activities
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Ott, Kate – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2017
How do we deal with our own sexuality as teachers and as learners in the classroom? As a seminary professor in a mainline Christian context, I find that discussing sexuality increases student discomfort levels by threatening to raise questions about the connections between morality, behavior, and bodies of those in the room--questions we have been…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Theological Education, Christianity, Teaching Methods
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Hussey, Ian – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2017
This article reports on a practitioner action research project focused on developing, trialing, and reflecting upon a continuous and formative-assessment plan for a foundational New Testament survey course. Three pedagogical convictions are discussed and drive the design of the assessment. Seven to nine assessment items (depending on level of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Religious Education, Biblical Literature, Action Research
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Hilton, John, III; Sweat, Anthony; Griffin, Tyler; Griffiths, Casey Paul – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2016
We analyzed 2,621 written student comments to better understand themes which most contribute to religion classes being rated high or low in terms of the spiritual benefit students received from the class. From 2,448 religion classes taught from September of 2010 through April of 2014, comments from the top 61 (2.5 percent) and bottom 51 (2.1…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Religious Education, Spiritual Development, Student Attitudes
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Mercer, Calvin – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2015
Conservative (fundamentalist, evangelical) Christian students present a general theological worldview that often correlates with significant anxiety. In a foreign setting, the anxiety of conservative students, removed from their supportive infrastructure, can be considerably heightened. This structure of thinking and emotion presents distinctive…
Descriptors: Freedom, Study Abroad, Christianity, Student Attitudes
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Scheid, Anna Floerke; Vasko, Elisabeth T. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2014
While a number of scholars in the field of Christian theology have argued for the importance of teaching diversity and social justice in theology and religious studies classrooms, little has been done to document and assess formally the implementation of such pedagogy. In this article, the authors discuss the findings of a yearlong Scholarship of…
Descriptors: White Students, Multicultural Education, Theological Education, Christianity
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Jordon, Sherry – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2014
This article describes the use of "Writing to Learn" assignments in a course on the Theology of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations. These short, informal assignments promote active learning by focusing on writing as a process for critical thinking and as a way to learn the content of the course. They help students creatively engage…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Protestants, Catholics, Philosophy
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Lanci, John R. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2013
Undergraduate students today often enroll in introductory religious studies or theology classes because they want the time and space to reflect on their personal spiritual questions. Such a motivation can clash with the faculty's desire to introduce students to rigorous academic study of their field. Barbara Walvoord has proposed four "voices"…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Teaching Methods, Philosophy, Undergraduate Students
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Upson-Saia, Kristi – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2013
The purpose of this essay is to offer a survey of religious studies capstones from twenty-nine U.S. colleges and universities, to identify the most common frustrations about the capstone, and to observe how departments resolve such frustrations. I conclude that the most successful capstones--in terms of students' performance and faculty…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Student Attitudes, Colleges, Religion Studies
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Moon, W. Jay – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2012
A five-year research project of seminary students from various cultural backgrounds revealed that the slight majority of contemporary seminary students studied are oral learners. Oral learners learn best and have their lives most transformed when professors utilize oral teaching and assessment methods. After explaining several preferences of oral…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Student Attitudes, Electronic Learning, Online Courses
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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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Carr, Amy; Simmons, John K. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2010
Two troublesome portraits of religious studies professors often exist in the minds of some students at any given time: the Guru, or wise spiritual teacher, and the Deceiver. These metaphors capture student perceptions of us that may be ill-informed and beyond our control. We will examine and compare how our own chosen metaphors for…
Descriptors: Religion Studies, Religious Education, Figurative Language, Classroom Environment
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Saines, Don – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2009
This paper explores the way students learn theology through a small qualitative research project. It is undertaken in conversation with current higher education learning theory. This learning theory suggests that it is important to discover how a student conceptualizes learning and how they perceive the teaching environment. Students interviewed…
Descriptors: Philosophy, Theological Education, Learning Theories, Higher Education
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Hill, Jack A. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2009
This article contends that teaching more effectively for diversity requires a radical re-envisioning of pedagogical practice. Drawing on qualitative interviews with religion and theology professors of color throughout the United States, it explores how faculty can re-imagine their teaching by engaging students where they are, acknowledging the…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Teacher Attitudes
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