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Educational Foundations - Audio Lectures

By Covenant Theological Seminary

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An overview of the educational and training ministries of the local church, including biblical, theological, and psychological foundations; and the aims, methods, curriculum, organization, leadership, and evaluation of the teaching/learning process for various stages and age groups.

Customer Reviews

Gem That Does Not Translate

This is a gem of a course; unfortunately, iTunes U cannot do it justice. Still, it is very worthwhile listening to it.

This course provides the foundation of educational theory. It discusses how different people learn, how to develop a lesson plan to communicate with a particular class, and how to construct a Christian Education department well suited to the people involved. It uses educational research, both Christian and secular, to show how to optimize teaching techniques. It is applicable to Bible studies, Sunday School classes, children's programs, youth programs, adult programs, and other specialized programs as well as intergenerational or topic-based programs.

This course presents a wide array of teaching techniques beyond the standard teacher standing in front of the class doing all the speaking. Further, it demonstrates those techniques by actually employing the techniques in the various classes throughout the course. This is both its greatest strength and also its greatest flaw. These other techniques greatly enhance student involvement and therefore student learning but the listener cannot be involved at all in the same way. Even so, it is very thought-provoking and instructive to listen to these classes.

I wish Covenant Theological Seminary could put together a road show of this course, packaging it as a one-week course and offering it throughout the country. The church really needs to learn the content of this course and it must be learned person-to-person.