The Heart of the Curriculum? A Status Report on Explicit Integration Courses in Christian Colleges and Universities

Volume
Volume 23
Issue
Winter 1995
Title
The Heart of the Curriculum? A Status Report on Explicit Integration Courses in Christian Colleges and Universities
Abstract

Faculty in 46 Christian college and university psychology departments reported whether or not they teach explicitly integrative courses. Data analyzed included demographics, books used, course titles, pedagogical content and methods, and course goals. Results indicate that 33 of 46 institutions offer a full or partial course on integration. Most integration instructors are experienced, male, full professors, and typically teach seniors. Younger faculty place more emphasis on a value-committed approach, and women faculty are more likely to use cooperative learning. Instructors identified course goals and key issues suggesting that student outcomes ought to include deepening personal faith, understanding previous scholarly integrative thought, and critically evaluating new issues from a reasonably developed Christian world view. The absence of widespread consensus on form or content suggests that integrative instruction is closer to the margins than the heart of many psychology curricula in Christian institutions.

Authors
Dr. D.H. Stevenson and Dr. P.D. Young
Pages
248 - 260
Price
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