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Volume 4, Issue 1

Volume 4, Issue 1

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

From the desk of our new associate editor
Please welcome our new associate editor, Christina Belcher. Read on for an introductory letter from the newest member of the ICCTE Journal editorial team.

Fostering Resilient Characteristics in Individuals with Learning Disabilities
V. Shelley Dugle and Peggy Grigorenko

Educational resilience is an important term for teacher candidates in Christian institutions to understand. Resilience can be nurtured and instilled in the lives of individuals with learning disabilities, and teacher candidates can play a vital role in that process. To assist in this course of action, a look at the definition and common characteristics of resilience are discussed. In addition, a closer look at four resilient individuals with learning disabilities is provided. Concrete suggestions on ways to incorporate resilient characteristics into students with learning disabilities are shared.

Integrity and Integration: An Exploration of the Personal, Professional, and Pedagogical in the Professoriate
Laurie Matthias and Ruth-Anne Wideman

This paper seeks to explore the connections between the concepts of integrity and integration within the professoriate in Christian higher education. Specifically, it examines commonalities and intersections in the definitions of terms, the gaps between rhetoric and reality, and the reasons for those gaps. Implications for a professor’s inner life, scholarship, and teaching are also discussed, and suggestions for closing the gaps are offered.

Neuroscience and Education: The Importance of a Christian Understanding of Human Persons
Laura A. Barwegen

The increased research in the neurosciences has affected the discipline of education in numerous ways, with publications translating this research into classroom practices. A caution is given to Christian educators to carefully reflect upon how this research influences our view of human persons and what difference this view makes in the teaching and learning process. The purpose of this paper is (1) to examine some of the ways that neuroscience is speaking into the discipline of education, particularly in understanding the capabilities and processes of the learner; (2) to develop an awareness of how this affects our understanding of persons; and (3) to establish the necessity for the preparation of future educators with a distinctly Christian perspective of the human constitution.

Book Review: Robert W. Pazmiño. Foundational Issues in Christian Education: An Introduction in Evangelical Perspective, Third Edition.
Reviewed by Dr. David W. Robinson

I remember quite well my earliest exemplar in Christian education, Dr. John Blanchard, commenting that the primary challenge facing the Christian teacher was to help our students develop critical thinking without creating a corrosively cynical or skeptical mindset. “All truth is God’s truth,” he would say, quoting Frank Gaebelein, so that we could be boldly confident in our teaching, while still remaining faithful shepherds of our students and of the Lord’s word. But how does one go about doing this? What is the educational framework for fusing faith and reason within the bounds of Christ’s love and authority? Can we develop a coherent evangelical approach to both the theory and the practice of Christian education, one that is inclusive, faithful, and vigorous?

Student Paper

Student Paper: Best They Forget—Challenging Notions of Remembering and Forgetting
Chris Baird