A constructivist pedagogy was described in the theoretical framing section as key to the formation of this research project. Here we focus on specifically religious pedagogical frames as a theological approach to the action research involved in this project. This research will draw upon two key theorists who speak of religious education within a constructivist epistemology and pedagogy. Parker Palmer, in his work To Know as We Are Known, highlights1 the importance of prayer and listening to the other as an integral part of religious education. Thomas Groome’s theory of Shared Praxis2 is a well-established pedagogy that emphasizes action as part of the learning process among adults.
Religious Education Bibliography
- Book | Stages of Faith by James Fowler
- Book | Christian Conversion by Walter Conn
- Book | Sharing Faith by Thomas Groome
- Parker J. Palmer, To Know as We Are Known: Education as a Spiritual Journey, 1st HarperCollins pbk ed. (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1993). [↩]
- Thomas H. Groome, Sharing Faith: A Comprehensive Approach to Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry: The Way of Shared Praxis, 1st ed. (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1991); Thomas H. Groome, Christian Religious Education: Sharing Our Story and Vision, 1st Jossey-Bass ed. (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999). [↩]