Faith Integration in the Classroom

By Gail Reeder and Maria A. Pacino.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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In this paper, the authors address faith integration and share specific examples in curriculum and pedagogy for potential implementation in faith-based institutions. Christian-based higher education institutions are increasingly requiring faculty members to view faith integration as a legitimate academic field/discipline. In addition, they expect faculty to acquire the needed expertise to infuse the Christian faith within their academic fields in their teaching, scholarship and service. This requires a major shift in thinking, since most faculty experiences have been primarily in secular institutions. Christian colleges and universities need to assist faculty in meeting this “new” expectation. This means providing support and specialized resources to guide faculty toward the knowledge and proficiency required to integrate faith in the classroom. Although this is a challenging task, it can be accomplished through incremental steps.

Keywords: Christian Faith, Faith and Learning, Faith Integration

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.121-128. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 206.825KB).

Prof. Gail Reeder

Professor, Teacher Education Program, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, USA

Dr. Gail Reeder is a Professor in the Department of Teacher Education, in School of Education, at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. She teaches credential and master’s level courses in curriculum and pedagogy, including literacy, for graduate students who are pre-service teachers or currently teach in K-12 schools.

Dr. Maria A. Pacino

Chair and Professor, Department of Advanced Studies in Education, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, USA

Maria A. Pacino, Ed. D. is Director and Professor of School Library Programs (online) at Azusa Pacific University. Prior to that she was also the Chair of the Department of Advanced Studies in Education. In addition, she teaches other courses in the School of Education at the master’s and doctoral levels. Her research interests include diversity, literacy, and technology. She has presented at national and international conferences and has several publications, including a book, Reflections on Equity, Diversity, and Schooling, published in 2008.