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Teaching And Christian Practices

Author : David I. Smith
ISBN : 9780802866851
Genre : Education
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In Teaching and Christian Practices several university professors describe and reflect on their efforts to allow historic Christian practices to reshape and redirect their pedagogical strategies. Whether allowing spiritually formative reading to enhance a literature course, employing table fellowship and shared meals to reinforce concepts in a pre-nursing nutrition course, or using Christian hermeneutical practices to interpret data in an economics course, these teacher-authors envision ways of teaching and learning that are rooted in the rich tradition of Christian practices, as together they reconceive classrooms and laboratories as vital arenas for faith and spiritual growth.
Category: Education

On Christian Teaching

Author : David I. Smith
ISBN : 9781467450645
Genre : Religion
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Christian teachers have long been thinking about what content to teach, but little scholarship has been devoted to how faith forms the actual process of teaching. Is there a way to go beyond Christian perspectives on the subject matter and think about the teaching itself as Christian? In this book David I. Smith shows how faith can and should play a critical role in shaping pedagogy and the learning experience.
Category: Religion

Christians And Cultural Difference

Author : David I. Smith
ISBN : 1937555151
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Cultural differences are everywhere. Understanding these differences is now a basic life skill for all of us, not just for missionaries or world travelers. This book offers a brief, critical overview of Christian ways of thinking about how and why we should relate to other cultures.

Principles And Practices Of Christian Education

Author : Robert Pazmino
ISBN : 9781579109509
Genre : Religion
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Principles and Practices of Christian Education shows teachers how they can use two important principles that stand behind all evangelical practices to make their education program stand out from all the others in its nurture of students. First, evangelical Christian education recognizes the need for conversion-personal and corporate transformation that reconnects people to their Creator. Second, evangelical Christian education strives for connection-making contact with people as unique individuals who live in a particular society and who need to know more about scripture. In this book Christian education students learn that the work for which they prepare is a partnership with God to transform people. Their central task is worship, but through it and other activities they lead others to faith, commitment, and transformation of communities.
Category: Religion

Digital Life Together

Author : David I Smith
ISBN : 0802877036
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How digital technologies are impacting Christian education, and how to respond. Digital technologies loom large in the experience of today's students. However, parents, teachers, and school leaders have only started to take stock of the ramifications for teaching, learning, and faith. Digital Life Together walks educators, leaders, and parents through some of the big ideas that are hidden in our technology habits. Moving beyond general arguments for and against digital devices, the book draws from extensive interviews, surveys, classroom observations, and school records to examine the real impact of technology on Christian learning. Based on a three-year, in-depth study of Christian schools, authors David Smith, Kara Sevensma, Marjorie Terpstra, and Steven McMullen offer resources to inform conversations in school communities about the role of digital technologies in students' formation. With a wealth of new research findings, short, readable chapters, and accompanying discussion questions, Digital Life Together sets the stage for individual reflection, book club discussions, professional development conversations, or strategic reflection by school leaders. Table of Contents PART ONE: Orientation 1. A Shifting Landscape 2. A Faith Tapestry 3. What is Technology? 4. What This Book Offers 5. Modern Christian Schools in Context PART TWO: Mission 6. Understanding the School's Mission 7. Why Technology? Community Perceptions of the Mission 8. Communicating the Mission: How the Vision was Received 9. Do Laptops Support the School's Mission? 10. Reaching Beyond the Mission Statement: A Tapestry of Faith Strategies PART THREE: Teaching and Learning 11. Pursuing Pedagogical Play 12. Digital or Not? The Art of Daily Choice 13. Preparing Minds: Inquiry and Life-Long Learning 14. Preparing Minds: Higher-Order Thinking 15. Preparing Minds: Differentiation and Inclusion 16. The Benefits of Efficient Tools 17. Completing Assignments, but Cheating Ourselves PART FOUR: Discernment 18. What is Christian Discernment? 19. Christian Discernment and Digital Citizenship 20. How Does Discernment Shape School Policy? 21. Are Students Getting Too Much Screen Time? 22. Keeping the Good from the Bad: Moral Boundaries 23. Fitting and Monitoring Internet Use: Does It Help? 24. Discernment and Consumerism 25. Teaching a Christian Perspective PART FIVE: Formation 26. How Do Beliefs Relate to Practices? 27. How Do Laptops Foster Connections to the Wider World? 28. Limitations of Digital Engagement with the Wider World 29. Are Students Really Paying Attention? 30. Teaching Slow Learning 31. Can Spiritual Disciplines Help with Technology? 32. Who Takes Responsibility for Distraction? PART SIX: Community 33. Faith, Practices, and Community 34. Shifting Relational Dynamics 35. Does Technology Use Increase Collaboration? 36. Parents' Roles and Perspectives 37. Parent Communication and Information Overload 38. Time, Workload, and Boundaries 39. The Finish Line Keeps Moving

Growing In The Life Of Faith

Author : Craig Dykstra
ISBN : 0664227589
Genre : Religion
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In this new edition of his popular book, Craig Dykstra explores the contributions of the traditions, education, worship practices, and disciplines of the Reformed Christian community in helping people grow in faith. In doing so, he makes the case that the Christian church, in its own traditions, has a wealth of wisdom about satisfying spiritual hunger and the desire to know God deeply--wisdom that offers coherent, thoughtful guidance in such diverse settings as congregational life, families, youth groups, and higher education.
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Pedagogy And Education For Life

Author : Trevor H. Cairney
ISBN : 9781498283625
Genre : Religion
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There are many books on Christian education, but few consider pedagogy with a biblical focus on formation, and a grounding in varied related disciplines. This book seeks to recapture the term pedagogy and place it at the center of the teacher's role--not as a pseudonym for other things, but as the critical foundation for the orchestration of classroom life. This is a view of pedagogy that accepts that children come to classrooms as inhabitants of multiple and varied communities. Some are known and shared with teachers, but many are not. Children cannot be left to find their way in the world, for as they encounter competing and contradictory worlds, their hopes, dreams, and intentions are shaped. Teachers play a key role in students' formation by "shaping" classroom life, for all of life is used by God to reveal himself. The things taught, the priorities set and activities planned, the experiences structured and books shared--indeed, everything in and outside school acts upon and shapes our students. Pedagogy is the vehicle for shaping the life of the school. Learning requires more than subject content and good teaching. The central task of teachers is the development of a pedagogy that shapes "life." This book offers challenge and guidance as teachers engage in this noble task.
Category: Religion

Teaching Christianity

Author : Clive Erricker
ISBN : 0718826345
Genre : Religion
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Revised and updated, this is an invaluable too for the teacher of today. It approaches Christianity as a world religion, and assesses the implications of this rubric for all involved in teaching Christianity.
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Re Imagining Christian Education For The Twenty First Century

Author : Andrew B. Morris
ISBN : 9781910265116
Genre : Religion
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The first annual Conference of the National Centre for Christian Education at Liverpool Hope University, held in July 2012, was advertised as: “ a multi conference exploring the opportunities and dilemmas facing Christian education and educationalists at a time of significant social and demographic change when the certainties of the 1944 settlement are fast disappearing … contributing to the debate about effective strategies for the enhancement of Christian education, and what it might offer the diverse, pluralistic society of 21st century England, with its current predominantly materialistic and instrumental perspective on the purposes of education.” It attracted delegates from across the world and contributions from distinguished educational practitioners, theorists and administrators. Four main themes emerged from the papers accepted for inclusion in the Conference: the politics of Christian educational provision; vocation and Christian leadership, the formation of teachers as Christian educators; and Christian pedagogy and school effectiveness. Each theme is addressed in the selection of papers included in this book edited by Andrew B. Morris.
Category: Religion