In Praise of Diverse Teaching Contexts

Perry L. Glanzer, Nathan F. Alleman and George Marsden

in The Outrageous Idea of Christian Teaching

Published in print September 2019 | ISBN: 9780190056483
Published online August 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780190056513 | DOI:
In Praise of Diverse Teaching Contexts

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This chapter explores the importance of a just educational system for nurturing different kinds of identity-informed teaching within specific types of university environments, including ecclesial universities, interdenominational Christian universities, online universities, and pluralistic universities. It makes the case for constrained disagreement by demonstrating why a pluralistic system of education is necessary to respect the various facets of identity-informed teaching. The argument focuses primarily on the strengths and benefits for teachers engaged in expansive forms of identity-informed teaching. The chapter begins by reviewing what academic freedom provides for this conversation, then explores the strengths and limitations of each type of university environment. Overall, the chapter maintains that in the same way that teachers must figure out how to prioritize their own identities, or as Augustine described, learn how to order one’s loves, academia must allow this same identity tournament to take place.

Keywords: identity-informed teaching; academic freedom; constrained disagreement; ecclesial universities; interdenominational Christian universities; online universities; pluralistic universities; identity tournament; pluralism

Chapter.  8322 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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