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Teaching African American Religions$
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Carolyn M. Jones and Theodore Louis Trost

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195167979

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/019516797X.001.0001

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“I Want to Be Ready!”:

“I Want to Be Ready!”:

Teaching Christian Education in the African American Experience

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Teaching African American Religions

Yolanda Y. Smith

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces four teaching strategies that emerge from the characteristics of a triple-heritage model of Christian education that is grounded in the African American spirituals. The model consists of the following: communal, creative, critical, and cooperative. The teaching strategies that emerge from these characteristics include communal dialogue, creative engagement, critical reflection, and cooperative action. The chapter then discusses various aspects of a course called “Christian Education in the African American Experience” and details how these strategies have shaped and informed the teaching of the course. The primary purpose of this chapter is to examine the teaching/learning process that emerges throughout the course.

Keywords:   teaching strategies, communal dialogue, creative engagement, critical reflection, cooperative action, learning, Christian education, African American religious experience

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