Faculty of Education

Teaching From a Christian Worldview in a Differentiated Reception Context: Is Anybody Listening?

Summary

Presentation by Marjorie Kirk Cardwell

Start Date

21st Jul 2016 4:00pm

End Date

21st Jul 2016 4:45pm

Venue

Education Video Conference Rooms:

  • Launceston: NH.A221c.Video
  • Hobart: SB.Hytten325.Video
  • Cradle Coast: CC.B159.Video

Presentation by Marjorie Kirk Cardwell

The research will explore how the integration of Christian Worldview (CW) into subject teaching is being achieved and perceived in an independent Christian School in Launceston, Launceston Christian School (LCS) According to LCS's Educational Purpose statement:

The Christian school is not simply a private school staffed and populated by people who go to church, it provides a distinct and noticeable alternative in its educational philosophy and methods.

However, a preliminary audit of curriculum documents reveals, in most cases, curricula which is largely undifferentiated from those in non-Christian schools. Although CW statements were prepared 12 years ago, they are not easily accessible or part of the pedagogical or curriculum writing tools used by teachers. A newly published CW curriculum writing tool has not as yet been implemented. It has, therefore, been largely left to teachers to include CW influenced teaching on an ad hoc basis.

Previous studies have concentrated on the attributes of Christian teachers rather than the written curricula. Furthermore, and central to this project, no studies have been found which have investigated the effectiveness of communication of CW; in particular by measuring the effectiveness of communicating CW to students. My study will test the usefulness of the curriculum writing resources for working teachers; it will measure the effectiveness of the subsequent new or revised curricula in communicating CW worldview to students; and it will take into account the context of the learner, including cultural considerations such as language and ethnic background and prior understanding of the Biblical narrative.

My research will be important for leadership, teachers and parents in Independent Christian Schools as well as church schools seeking to maintain or return to their original guiding principles. It will also provide a framework for implementing CW infused curricula that reflects desired values in both teachers and students.