Teachers of Religion–Publish a Tactic

Call for Submissions:
Teaching Tactics

Teachers of Religion and Theology
in Colleges, Universities, and Theological Schools:

In 400 words, describe a successful teaching tactic that you have used and that could be replicated by other instructors.

1. State succinctly the context within which you used the strategy
2. State the pedagogical purpose of the strategy
3. Describe the strategy itself in brief, clear language
4. State why and how the strategy was effective – i.e., how it supported student learning.
5. Please provide a title
Brevity is key. Please do not exceed 400 words.

Manuscripts are accepted on an on-going basis.

Questions and submissions by email attachment to:
Thomas Pearson, Ph.D.
Associate and Managing Editor,
Teaching Theology and Religion
Associate Director, Wabash Center
301 West Wabash Ave.
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
e-mail: pearsont@wabash.edu
800-655-7117
fax : 765-361-6051
http://www.wabashcenter.wabash.edu

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