Conversational Teaching and Christian Transformation

From: Volume 10, Issue 2: Fall 2013, Transformational Teaching and Learning Pages 378-391


Teaching that cultivates Christian transformation requires conversation, not just as a small component in the teaching process, but conversation as the overarching pedagogical framework and catalyzing force of transformational learning. This article aims to demonstrate the necessity of conversational teaching by discussing the meaning and magnitude of conversation as a force for learning and change; the progressive recognition of conversational epistemology in history; and how conversational teaching maximizes the interdependence of conversation and cognition as well as the social nature of knowing in relationship with God and all other aspects of life and faith. Reflections on life-changing encounters with Christ illustrate the transformational power, meta-components, and specific practices of teaching via conversation.

Key Words: conversational teaching; social epistemology; Christian transformation; and Christian education



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