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Volume 2, Issue 1

Welcome to the Summer 2006 Edition of the ICCTE Journal

Letter from the Editor

Some thoughts from our editor, Scot Headley, on the journal and our work.

Special Education as Spiritual Warfare

David Anderson

This article reflects on a theology of exceptionalities and the hermeneutics of special education, and develops the notion that there is an aspect of special education which can be understood as spiritual warfare. The main thesis is that providing access to an appropriate and least restrictive education for people with disabilities involves “demolishing strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4): removing barriers of ignorance, prejudice, stereotype, cultural mythology, and misconception as to disability and the personal worth surrounding individuals who have disabilities. The discussion is situated within the context of Nicholas Wolterstorff”s work on teaching for shalom (2002, 2004). After defining the biblical concept of shalom and its relationship to education, the Christian’s involvement in spiritual warfare is examined. Special education is then expressed as an aspect of spiritual warfare with implications drawn regarding inclusive programs and practices that promote reconciliation and recognition of interdependence, thereby encouraging shalom in the educational community.

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A Lamp, The Cross, and a Waiting World: A Personal Theological Journey into Whole Person Learning

David J. Gyertson

Whole person learning is a popular, often discussed, and well explored challenge of contemporary western pedagogy. The theme of the 2006 Coalition of Christian Teacher Educators International Conference calls its members to a faith-based reflection on whole person learning with the theme of “Equipping for Alignment of Heart, Head, and Hands.” This presentation addresses the need for a theological context of whole person learning anchored to the concepts of tough minds, tender hearts, and hands outstretched for competent, compassionate service. The foundation of this paper is a personal theological pilgrimage that began as a college student. The Spring Arbor University Concept of learning, symbolized by a lamp, a cross, and a globe, is examined as a means to formulating such a theology. The paper explores three dimensions of learning in the context of that Concept providing a narrative of how such a model is actualized through an intentional Christo-centric commitment and perspective.

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Is The Heart Of Education The Education Of The Heart?

Christina Belcher

If a Christian Institution is to do more than expand the mind or ‘head’ of adherents (which is the reason given from a biblical worldview perspective for a Christian institute’s existence), then how does education become an education of the heart, leading to a transforming world and life view? It is of note that even though Christian institutions are no strangers to the subject of worldview, sparse research has been done concerning worldview as it relates to long term educational impact. This paper is a case for the importance of looking at heart and worldview and a review of some of the literature that points the reader in that direction. Forthcoming research in progress will highlight ways in which one specific Christian institution does or does not live up to the metaphor that the heart of education is the education of the heart. 

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Wheels within Wheels: Some Thoughts about the Industrialization of American Higher Education

David W. Robinson

The following article is a brief introduction to some of my reflections about the industrial nature of contemporary American higher education. In it, I have attempted a summary profile of the character of our civilization, and of the advanced structures of learning it has produced. It is not intended to be anything more than a sketching on vast historical canvas; a much larger study would be required to survey such a topic. Nevertheless, I believe that it will give the reader a sense of our culture, and the context that American colleges and universities occupy. 

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