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.
||Lesson 1: Course Overview; Biblical Foundations||--||7/8/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lesson 2: Biblical and Historical Foundations; Frameworks||--||7/8/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lesson 3: Educational Framework and History||--||7/8/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lesson 4: Learning Theories, Styles, and Climates||--||7/8/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lesson 5: Human Development-Part 1||--||7/8/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lesson 6: Human Development-Part 2||--||7/8/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lesson 7: Human Development-Part 3||--||7/8/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lesson 8: Learning Methods and Models-Part 1||--||7/8/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lesson 9: Learning Methods and Models-Part 2; Organization and Administration-Part 1||--||7/8/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lesson 10: Organization and Administration-Part 2||--||7/8/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lesson 11: Educational Ministry with Children||--||7/8/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lesson 12: Educational Ministry with Youth and Adults||--||7/8/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lesson 13: Senior Adults, Intergenerational Ministry||--||7/8/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lesson 14: Curriculum, Intergenerational Ministry, and Small Groups||--||7/8/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
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.