Faith, Learning, and the Teaching of History

Shirley A. Mullen

in Teaching as an Act of Faith

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780823222209
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236800 | DOI:
Faith, Learning, and the                             Teaching of History

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The chapter starts with a description of the author's background, particularly how she grew up in a holiness tradition. This tradition emphasized clean living and personal godliness. As she attended different schools, she was influenced and surrounded by her family who were into religion. After being able to finish college, she decided to teach. She experienced difficulties trying to integrate faith and learning. In her first two decades of teaching, she felt she was only just about able to sow the seeds of integration. The teacher, this chapter states, cannot control the lives of the student except through education. Lastly, there are three aspects of the classroom experience in terms of the integration of faith and learning that are outlined in this chapter: first, the content of what the teacher teaches; second, the style and policies of the classroom; and third, the attitude which the teacher approaches the academic discipline.

Keywords: holiness; religion; learning; education; integration; faith; godliness

Chapter.  6441 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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