TeachingRoundtable Revisiting the Teaching of Religious History

AHA Session 84
Friday, January 7, 2011: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM
Room 103 (Hynes Convention Center)
Janet Bordelon, New York University

Session Abstract

These papers all address the central theme of religion (broadly defined) in the classroom--as a teaching tool, as a concept for classroom exploration, and as a subject which needs better intellectual and pedagogical definition. The four presenters examine the issues of how religion has been treated in the secondary classroom, the ways in which religion can become an intellectual tool for teaching and what are the best means of addressing religion in the secular classrooms of the nation's Bible Belt.  Through the round-table format these four presenters will lay the foundation for a broad-ranging discussion on the ways that religion is not just a topic for teaching, but also an approach for intellectual growth with teachers from both the secondary and collegiate levels benefiting from the opportunity to actively participate in the lengthy discussion that follows.

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