This paper is based upon secondary analysis by several Toccoa Falls College undergraduates using samples from 116 hours of video data, originally filmed for Donald Ratcliff's dissertation at the University of Georgia (he also conducted multiple interviews with fifty-two children for the study). The original dissertation research was an ethnographic study of a public school hallway.
How do children think about and experience God? What do they do with the Bible stories they hear at church and at home? In this article Catherine Stonehouse shares some answers to these questions. Drawing from her research with children, she gives a glimpse of their deep thoughts and challenging questions about God.
This article reports on observations of two difference approaches to the teaching of young children: the traditional approach and the Cavalletti approach. Strengths and limitations are presented.
Judith St. Clair Hull describes the strengths and weaknesses of the "learning styles" (a renaming of Howard Gardner's "multiple intelligences") approach to Christian Education.
This article tells the story of a ministry attempting to address drug and alcohol abuse in Alaska. Intervention Helpline, Inc. is a strikingly effective ministry to families and children that works in concert with the Church of Anchorage, a cluster of churches. Eileen Starr is an educational consultant who works with these churches and is on the board of Intervention Helpline. After reading this article, you are invited to contact Eileen to learn how you can support this vital ministry. Her email address is given at the end of the article.
This article offers educational planners a guideline for the development of family or intergenerational learning experiences.
In many congregations, the complexity of the work of the director of children's ministry is not sufficiently clarified. In most churches, the children's minister will work primarily with adults. The number of volunteers that he or she relates to will be more than a leader in any other ministry of church experiences. As such, the children's pastor is a key person in the leadership development responsibilities of the church. This article suggest a "flow of responsibility" for the children's minister who will be involved in the development of leaders across a period of time.
This article is a guide to help children's ministry leaders gather information and feedback about the ministry. An interview process is recommended at least once a year to help children's leadership focus concerns and ideas as they are expressed by the people most directly involved in the ministry.
Perry Shaw, an assistant professor of Christian Education in Beirut, Lebanon, is very qualified to discuss the similarities and differences between the motivation, methods, and goals of Muslim education and Christian education.
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Ann Macphail. 2001. Nominal group technique: A useful method for working with young people. British Educational Research Journal 27/2.