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Volume 3, Number 1: Welcome to the Summer 2007 Edition of the ICCTE Journal

Welcome to the Summer 2007 Edition of the ICCTE Journal

Letter from the Editor

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

About the Journal

The ICCTE Journal is a scholarly community for Christians in Teacher Education. Past issue are available here.

Building a Christian Worldview through Response to Literature

Pam Adams

Research has shown that what one reads can be an important factor in developing one’s worldview. This paper will report my thoughts about experiences I had while reading aloud-challenging texts in two Christian school classrooms. My goal for the read alouds was to have students think about issues related to justice, love, and commitment as they apply to both the family and the larger community. Various types of response methodologies (written, art, drama, discussion) were used to encourage students to build connections between what they learned, to what is the appropriate response and action.

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Head and heart and hands: Necessary elements of inclusive praxis

Ken Pudlas

When David called for the physically disabled grandson of Saul, Mephibosheth, to dine at the king’s table, he was demonstrating an extraordinary level of inclusion. This paper reports data gathered as part of a programme of inquiry into the efficacy of the Full Inclusion model of special education; discusses how educators might progress from a mere head-knowledge of what is right, to a heart conviction of what should be done; and then explores a hands-on approach of how educators might more effectively do the right thing. Additional phenomenological data are reported from practicing teachers regarding their experience with the inclusion of students with special needs.

The paper is based on a presentation given at an International Coalition of Christian Teacher Educators (ICCTE) Conference at Regent University. The conference theme addressed the question of praxis, defined here as both: the exercise or practice of an art, science, or skill, and; customary practice or conduct. This paper addresses the question of how teacher educators can enable and encourage graduating teacher education students to make the inclusion of all persons a part of their customary professional practice or conduct.

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The Cost of Conformity: Education Reform, Information, and Ethical Leadership

Steve Loomis and Erik Ellefsen

Like Janus, conformity has two faces. On one face, conformity allows social cohesion to accomplish mission-specific activities. On the other face, conformity in educational leadership can entail a three-part cost against human development. First, education leaders may lose the capacity to ground ethics in objectively valuable sources. This is an effect of formal and informal institutional incentive structures and pressures leaders of virtue to become managers of demand. Second, conformity signals to institutional actors that authentic reform might be too costly to one’s professional career. Third, conformity signals that bureaucracies are not merely locations of special interests, but they are also locations of information dissipation in decision-making. All of these combine to show that the institution of education suffers a significant loss of creativity and innovation, making leadership a difficult occupation. A discussion of reliable remedies for practice follows.

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Book Review: William Jeynes. Religion, Education, and Academic Success

Reviewed by David Robinson

William Jeynes. Religion, Education, and Academic Success. Greenwich: Information Age Publishing, 2003. xii + 266 pp. $39.99 (paperback). ISBN: 1-931576-52-1.

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Special: Student Section

Education: The Key to Africa’s Future

Heather Bixby

Africa, a continent full of abundance and potential, is ironically hindered in desolation, deprivation, and chaos. The growth, future, and potential success of Africa is solely dependent on the education of its children. After identifying a number of educational barriers, defining the need for educational improvement, and documenting the efficiency of Western aid, this paper concludes that the West needs to recognize that it is the Africans who must ultimately save their own countries. However, Western programs and aid can help restore Africa when used thoughtfully and effectively. National programs and foreign funding must promote education that places value on the African “way of life,” assists the ‘people’ of Africa, and gives African children a sense of worth, hope, and acceptance in Christ.

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Educational Technology: Beyond the Basics

John Shimer

This paper addresses classroom technology as a much deeper concept than many would like to believe. It is not something to be taken lightly by only looking at what is currently available, but rather examined through a brief history, in-depth tests, and the consequences as well as the benefits of new developing technology. Furthermore it is not an issue only important for educators and administrators but requires involvement from parents and more importantly Christians to ensure that students are given the greatest opportunity possible for their future. Since technology is the future of children’s education, it is imperative that it be understood by all those involved to ensure that its benefits are maximized and its problems handled efficiently.

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Assisting Learning and Success in ADHD Children

Katie Burns

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has become the center of controversy as Americans diagnosis children with ADHD at an ever increasing rate. Yet it seems at times that little is actually known about the disease beyond the accepted truth that a distinct disorder marked by inattention and hyperactivity does, in fact, exist. This disorder causes numerous problems within the classroom including classroom management and jeopardizing the education of all children in the class. One option to overcome these challenges is to place all ADHD children in a separate classroom, however this only serves to isolate the child and entirely exhaust the teacher. There are simple methods that can be learned by the teacher to help maintain order and facilitate learning in a classroom with one or more ADHD children.

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Intercultural Music Education: The Moral Ethics of Cultural Educational Exchange

Mary Cummings

It is important when considering a position as a music educator within a non-Western society to examine the political, social and religious influences that are present in music in order to assist in alleviating the tensions and dangers that such an introduction may create within a culture. Once these issues are understood, it is clear to see that a system of intercultural exchange instead of Western globalization would benefit both teacher and student while still maintaining cultural integrity. The advantage of such an approach would break down cultural barriers, preserve the existing culture, and provide a Christian educator with a non-invasive tool that introduces their students to the character of God.

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