Why are we engaged in this educational inistry? What concepts of Christian Education must we have to be faithful in scripture?
Unless there is clarity here there can be no success in the overall endeavor, for success is not defined
What are the essential truths in which students must be educated? What is the core content of our educational ministry to be?
The core content is deterined in the light of our primary and secondary aims
How must the truth be taught so that learners are fully engaged by it-heads, hearts and hands? How can we acheive confluence of the various learning domains in our teaching?
We are to love God with our whole beings; how does this affect the educational task?How do the materials teach the truth?
Where will the instruction occur? In what types of contexts are students best instructed and nurtured?
What kind of classroom environments are most effective? Beyond the classroom, what else must we attend to in the overall learninge nvironment we provide the learners?
Who is to serve the task of instructing and nurturing others? What manner of persons must those ministers be? What role does personal contact play in faithful and effective Christian education?
Who are the various role players in our endeavor and how can their efforts be well coodinated?
To whom are we called as ministers of Christian nurture? How can the content be presented so that real cultural congruence is achieved?
What else do we know about our learners-cultural issues, personal history, learning styles, and how can this help us to instruct more effectively?
When are these things to be introduced to various groups of learners? What is the role of continuity in Christian instruction and nurture?
Issues of readiness and developmental sensitivity are involved hereThe character and modeling of adult leaders may provide the deepest and most lasting impact in the overall education of the students
3 Types of Curriculum
Explicit-the curriculum that you plan
Implicit-catches us by surprise, what is learned but not intended
Null-what is not included in the explicit curriculum-it is intentionally left out
Dewey’s Theory on Teaching in two words;
Types of Objectives;
What are some characteristics of a creative person?
Sense of Humor
What prevents creativity?
“that’s not logical”
follow the rules
to error is wrong
play is frivolous
Diverging Learning Style
-combines the concrete experience and reflective observation phases-people with this learning style view concrete situaions from different points of view
-combines the reflective observation and abstract conceptualization phases-people with this learning style understand a wide range of inforation and put it into concise, logical form.
Converging Learning Style
-combines the abstract conceptualization and active experiementation phases-people with this learning style are best at finding practical uses for ideas and theories.
-Ability to solve problems and make decisions based on finding solutions to questions or problems
Accommodating Learning Style
-combines the active experimentation and concrete experience-people with this learning style have the ability to learn from hands-on experience-enjoy carring out plans and involving yourself in new and challenging experiences
Learning Style Grid Includes:
Experiencing-Accommodating and DivergingReflecting-Diverging and AssimilatingThinking-Assimilating and ConvergingDoing-Converging and Accommodating
education finds its purpose in the student
student is active not passive
teacher’s role is advisor, coach, guide
school is a microrganism of a much larger society
Atmosphere should be connective and not democratic
Key Influences on John Dewey
Thomas Jefferson-democracy; majority rules, everybody has a voice or opinion
Williams James-pragmatism; professor at Harvard, every idea must be practicated through everyday results
Charles Darwin-environment; adapting to environment and surroundings
Implications of Dewian Education
Objectives of Education-loved leisure and thought that play could be both learning and work
Process of Learning-freedom of selecting educational choices-not everyone is wired in the same way
Teachers in Education-you don’t know it all because no one could-teacher is not a disciplinarion
fostering intellectual growth with students; going deep educational process from one generation to the next=all they care about is the test
Student development is more important than the subject matter-relevant to the students lives;
Critical ThinkingHave to teach peopel how to thinkr rather than giving them the information
Provide answers to social needs, want students to go out in the world and love out their faith
Transitting material; content centered, behavior modification, effeciancy-over dependence upon the teacher
The branch of philosophy that deals with the nature of reality. “What is ultimately real?”
What is a school’s first task?
To teach basic knowledge to students
all the experiences the children have under the authority of the school
children differ from one another in background but the real curriculum that are getting is the experience that they have individually
what children learn in classrooms like being on time, children figure it out on their own
Two Most Important Things in Schools Today
Quality of Curriculum
Quality of Teaching
Most important and accurate criticism of American education: a natural outcome for society which has traditionally been concerned with the “how” rather than the “why” of modern life
Built into the very nature of the human experience
Students learn better when they are sitted upright at desks (informal)
Students perform better on test and learn more in quiet environments
Students learn best in well illuminated areas
Students learn difficult subjects best early in the morning when they alert
Students who do not sit still are not ready to learn
Whole group learning is the best way to teach-some people learn better alone
Students learn best in blocks of 40-50 minutes-time factor doesn’t really matter-when you’re engaged in something you are interested in, you can keep your focus
Students learn only what is projected up on the screen!
Community Formation Grid Contains
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