Religion and Education: Understanding and Integrating Instructional Characteristics in Adult Learning

By Kenneth D. Ott.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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There are many methods used to communicate a message in religious and educational environments. The communication process between an instructor and an adult learner can be difficult. The process and methodology of sending, interpreting, and receiving instruction can be disconnected if any one element is missing. It is essential that adult learners be aided in their effort to understand education elements. In this paper, specific examples of instructional characteristics and forms used, from historical religious environments, will be discussed. Forms that were, and are, applicable to religious environments and adult learners will be highlighted. Particular attention will be focused on the use of overstatement, hyperbole, metaphor, irony, and the use of questions. Teaching qualities included, in this paper, are areas such as physical, intellectual, emotional, volitional, and general. The intellectual dimension, that are discussed, relate to intelligence, idealism, common sense and understand, and ability to communicate. The physical aspect will focus on the use of an effective voice, good presence, eye contact, and the apparent health of the teacher. It is essential that educators understand and integrate appropriate instructional characteristics and forms in adult learning.

Keywords: Education, Adult Learning, Adult Education Methods, Religious Education Methodologies

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 3, Issue 3, March 2014, pp.37-41. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: February 5, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 282.566KB)).

Dr. Kenneth D. Ott

Professor, Department of Adult and Career Educaiton, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia, USA

Dr. Kenneth Ott serves as a Professor of Adult and Career Education at Valdosta State University. He teaches adult and occupational education courses. He has experience in government, industry, corporate, and educational environments.