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Volume 12, Issue 2

Welcome to the Fall 2017 ICCTE Journal Issue

Letter from the Editor
Susanna Thornhill, Houghton College

Articles:

Cultivating Inclusive Learning Communities with Careful and Caring Conjunction

Sunshine Sullivan

This story is part of my journey in which I continue to seek truth and work to engage in the vulnerable work required for our community of practice. The first time I read Palmer’s “pain of disconnection” that he described as permeating education, I felt as though I was reading my own heart and experiences as a classroom teacher, graduate student, and college professor. He, too, could say, “Everywhere I go, I meet faculty who feel disconnected from their colleagues, from their students, and from their own hearts” (Palmer, 1993, p. x). This was not a new concept for me, but the manner in which he wrote through this and other issues in education were both challenging and restorative.

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Breathing Deeply: Surprises Encountered on Sabbatical

Jane Wilson, Westmont College

After seven years of college teaching, many tenured-track professors are granted a sabbatical for their professional enrichment to increase their scholarship and instructional quality. Though expectations vary among institutions, the first time a professor embarks on a sabbatical can be both exhilarating and unsettling. This essay describes one professor’s personal story with surprises encountered during a first sabbatical.

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Exploring Vocation: Early Career Perspectives on Vocation in Action

Alisha Pomazon, St. Thomas More College at the University of Saskatchewan
Sarah Knudson, St. Thomas More College at the University of Saskatchewan

As tenure-track professors at a Catholic liberal arts college, we began our academic careers four years ago with a strong desire to excel in our research and teaching.  Most importantly, however, we hoped to come to a deeper understanding of how we might imbue our work in a Christian higher education context with a strong sense of purpose and connection to our beliefs.  This reflection details our experience of co-developing a sense of vocation and sacramentality in ourselves and our students during the busy pre-tenure years.  We discuss how religious and scholarly texts, workshop and retreat experiences, and course design focused on experiential learning have deepened our ability to live out vocation and sacramentality through our work.

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Faith Integration: What Does It Really Look Like?

Paul Shotsberger, Southern Wesleyan University

Beginning with the excellent treatment of faith integration by Patrick Allen and Kenneth Badley (2012), based on the seminal work of Boyer (1997), this article delves into the issue of faith-learning integration on a discipline and classroom level.  There are two major categories of integration that are considered: the single application, intended primarily for that day’s lesson, and focused on technical terminology or concepts; and the series that deals with larger issues beyond just those of the particular class being taught. Examples are provided for each, as well as the thought processes behind their generation. Resources are included at the end of the article that can aid readers in development of their own faith-learning applications.

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Honoring and Maintaining a Dual Identity

Andrew Dean Mullen, Westmont College

My father taught at a church-affiliated college as a professor of philosophy.  My mother, for much of my growing-up years, was a fifth-grade public school teacher.  Although I was shaped by both of these models, and attracted to each, I initially came down on the side of elementary teaching.  For close to 10 years I worked, mostly happily, with upper-elementary children in both public and private settings.  Professionally, at least, I seemed to have much more to talk about with my mother.

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Reflections on Teaching over a Decade in a Christian Institution of Higher Education

Sandra F. McLendon, Southern Wesleyan University

After many years in public education followed by 10 years of preparing teachers in a faith-based institution, this essay shares insights into what it means to cultivate and maintain a Christian ethic of care, toward self and others.  This story of God’s faithfulness in my life is reflected outward through multiple lenses of care.

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Stimulating Critical Literacy Consciousness

Kathryn S. Hastings, Eastern University

This story from the field recounts how, after being an educator for over ten years, I became aware that I had been responsible for misrepresenting information to my first-grade students.  This difficult realization shook me to the core, but it also became the impetus for me to learn about critical pedagogy and critical literacy.  Both of these educational practices align with my faith and have been transformational to my teaching.  As a result, I am able to teach my pre-service and graduate students how to instruct in more socially-just ways.

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Interdependence: Being Reformed by Students with Disabilities

Melinda Eichhorn, Gordon College

Throughout my career in special education, I have reconsidered my beliefs about disability.  As I have transitioned from a special educator to a teacher trainer in India to an assistant professor in a Christian college, I have looked beyond limitations and deficits of my students to see individual uniqueness.  In this article, I share my lived experience of people with severe special needs ministering to me in India, explore the lived experiences of other disability advocates, and describe the implications this has for my teaching at a Christian college.

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Building a Community of Christ in a Mathematics Classroom

Robert Bonner, George Fox University

Throughout my career in special education, I have reconsidered my beliefs about disability.  As I have transitioned from a special educator to a teacher trainer in India to an assistant professor in a Christian college, I have looked beyond limitations and deficits of my students to see individual uniqueness.  In this article, I share my lived experience of people with severe special needs ministering to me in India, explore the lived experiences of other disability advocates, and describe the implications this has for my teaching at a Christian college.

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Book Reviews

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Matthew L. Johnson

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Encyclopedia of Christian Education

Ken Badley

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