Dr. Dave S Knowlton

Articles by this Author

  1. Shifting Toward a Constructivist Philosophy for Teaching Biblical Principles in K-12 Christian Schools

    Fall 2004 — Pages 116-129

    Traditionally, the Bible curriculum in many K-12 Christian schools is based on memory work. If students can correctly reproduce a passage of Scripture, then they are somehow considered to be "educated." The authors of this paper suggest that a Bible curriculum should be shifted away from this traditional approach and towards an approach that is based in constructivist philosophy. Such a shift is necessary if the goal is to move students toward a mature and thoughtful Christian life. After establishing the need for this shift and describing what the shift would entail, the authors offer brief vignettes of classrooms where the constructivist approach is being used. These vignettes should provide readers with ideas for application of the constructivist approach.

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  2. A Selective Defense of "Introduction to Christian Doctrine" Online: Disputatious Perspectives and Propitiating Pedagogy

    Spring 2002 — Pages 111-125

    Should Christian colleges offer doctrine courses online? Both faculty and students raise questions regarding the compatibility of teaching doctrine with online formats for delivery. After setting the discussion in its proper context, this article presents four common objections to teaching doctrine online and answers these objections from the experience of teaching doctrine online. The three authors designed an online Introduction to Christian Doctrine course, and two of them teach it regularly.

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