Faith-Based Education That Constructs
Constructivism is everywhere. It is a hot issue at this time in the field of philosophy, education, technology, and religion. However, can constructivism be an alternative approach in faith-based education? While some conclude that Jesus knew learning was an active...
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Constructivism is everywhere. It is a hot issue at this time in the field of philosophy, education, technology, and religion. However, can constructivism be an alternative approach in faith-based education? While some conclude that Jesus knew learning was an active knowledge-creating process, and that he always encouraged his disciples to think deeply and go beyond the surface level, others would find that constructivism undercuts faith-based education because of its claims to relativity. For example, constructivists claim that meaning is imposed on the world by us rather than existing in the world independently from us. Thus, they proclaim that truth is relative to particular times, places, and people. Christians hold that truth does exist absolutely. So how can there be a way forward for faith-based educators who see the good in the constructivist approach? In Faith-Based Education that Constructs readers will find a unique approach whereby constructivism may appropriately be applied to a faith-based education setting. Although disagreement can occur between constructivism and faith-based education, this book concludes that constructivist thought and Christian faith-based education are, in the end, congruent and harmonious in significant ways. Those faith-based educators who continue to hold cautionary views of radical constructivist assertions against absolute truths need not disregard all other aspects of constructivism.
Chinaka Samuel DomNwachukwu is Professor of Multicultural Education and Associate Dean for Accreditation at the Azusa Pacific University School of Education. He is also Senior Pastor of The Potter's Wheel Assembly of Chino Hills, California. Among his many other works are Incessant Warfare: A Critical History of Spiritual Warfare Through the Ages (2011), An Introduction to Multicultural Education: From Theory to Practice (2010), and The American Mosaic: Ministry in a Culturally Diverse Society (2006). HeeKap Lee is Professor of Teacher Education at the Azusa Pacific University School of Educat