Articles for Teachers

Francis Su

  Francis Su

Francis Su, ‘The Lesson of Grace in Teaching: From Weakness to Wholeness the Struggle and the Hope’ in The Mathematical Yawp (2013). This is a great blog from a Mathematics professor of which he himself says, “It was the hardest thing I ever had to write: because it is deeply personal, truly me, and about my biggest life lesson … given at a conference in front of hundreds of people who, I’m sure, struggle with the same things that I do.” (The conference in question was one of the Mathematical Association of America at which he was being given a teaching award. He has since become the youngest president ever of the association.)

Brian V Hill, ‘Values in Free Fall? Religious Education and Values in Public Schools’, Journal of Christian Education, 51:3 (2008) pp. 43-55.

David Benson, ‘Schools, scripture and secularisation: a Christian theological argument for the incorporation of sacred texts within Australian public education’ (PhD Thesis, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, The University of Queensland, 2016). This is a great piece of work – well worth downloading and reading.

Trevor Cooling, ‘Curiosity: Vice or Virtue for the Christian Teacher?’, Journal of Education & Christian Belief, 9:2 (Autumn 2005) pp. 87-103.

John Sullivan

 John Sullivan

John Sullivan, ‘From Formation to the Frontiers: The dialectic of Christian Education’, Journal of Education & Christian Belief, 7:1 (Spring 2003) pp. 7-21. This article is based on John Sullivan’s Inaugural Lecture as Professor of Christian Education at Liverpool Hope University. The abstract reads as follows: “This article links education with discipleship. In both, the first task is developing the human person. This task is incomplete until learners (and disciples) have been encouraged to reach out to others, especially those ‘at the margins’. Christian education essentially involves two major movements: formation and work ‘at the frontiers’. Both are necessary. Formation without work at the frontiers is inadequate to the gospel imperative to be inclusive; while work at the frontiers without sufficient attention to formation lacks the distinctiveness, specificity or ‘salt’ of Christian faith. These two movements are analysed and their dialectical relationships and reciprocal effects are explored.”

Marshall Gregory, ‘Pedagogy and the Christian Law of Love‘, Journal of Education & Christian Belief, 6:1 (Spring 2002) pp. 9-25.

Samson Makhado

 Samson Makhado

Samson Makhado & Dean Spalding, ‘Community and Hospitality in a Multicultural Classroom’, Journal of Education & Christian Belief, 5:2, pp. 136-137. The abstract reads as follows: “This paper explores the significance for the Christian school of the hospitality metaphor which sees teacher as host and student as guest, the communal attitude which is more common in traditional African culture than in the West, and the depth of the influence of the Christian gospel which should lead to the ongoing re-orientation of the whole life. The exploration of these themes draws upon insights from African culture and history.”

David Smith, ‘Does God dwell in the detail? The daily grind of Christian teaching’, Lecture delivered at Calvin College, Thursday April 19, 2001.

John W Fisher, ‘Being Human, Becoming Whole: Understanding spiritual health and well-being’, Journal of Christian Education, 43:3 (2000) pp. 37-52. The author writes, “Spiritual health and well-being are reflected in the quality of relations in four dimensions of human existence – people with themselves, with others, with the environment and with a Transcendent Other.”

Brian J Walsh, ‘Transformation: Dynamic Worldview or Repressive Ideology?, Journal of Education & Christian Belief, 4:2 (Autumn 2000) pp. 101-114.

David Smith

  David Smith

David Smith, Cross-Curricular Spiritual and Moral DevelopmentReflections on the Charis Project’, Journal of Christian Education, 42:2 (1999) pp. 27-34.

James E Schwartz, ‘Christians Teaching in Public Schools: What are some options?’, Journal of Education & Christian Belief, 2:1 (Spring 1998) pp. 53-64.

EurECA, ‘Christian Belief and Education: The 1997 Prague Declaration’..