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Teaching Interreligious Encounters$
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Marc A. Pugliese and Alex Y. Hwang

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190677565

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190677565.001.0001

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The Case Study Method as a Means of Teaching about Pluralism

The Case Study Method as a Means of Teaching about Pluralism

(p.264) 18 The Case Study Method as a Means of Teaching about Pluralism
Teaching Interreligious Encounters

Brendan W. Randall

Whittney Barth

Oxford University Press

In her course on religious diversity in the United States, Dr. Diana Eck of Harvard University introduces students to a range of religious traditions, especially those associated with more recent waves of immigration. Using case studies as the organizational pedagogy, Eck urges students to consider a particular response to increased religious diversity, namely pluralism as a civic value. We explore whether Eck’s use of the case study method provides mechanisms by which the “encounter of commitments” (a key concept in Eck’s definition of pluralism) could occur among students and thereby promote a pluralistic disposition. Although we found evidence of such encounters, their pedagogical impact may have been undermined by the lack of a precise understanding of civic pluralism and a reluctance among some students to share their views.

Keywords:   religious diversity, pluralism, case study method, civic education, Diana Eck, Harvard Pluralism Project

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