This unit will focus on the practical methods and strategies relevant to the delivery of Religious Education. Students will be exposed to a range of approaches useful to Religious Educators and will critically evaluate these approaches in light of the foundational aims of Orthodox Religious Education. This unit will explore relevant pedagogical theories that can support the delivery of Religious Education. Students will engage and reflect on practical ministry through various observations in a chosen setting and class presentations.

Unit code: DR9719A (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Religious Education

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate traditional and contemporary approaches to Religious Education.


Critique a variety of strategies for Religious Education.


Critique Religious Education methods used in a chosen setting or outlined in relevant documents and/or policies.


Compose and present relevant material for Religious Educators regarding a chosen strategy.


Design a range of teaching and learning resources for catechists and students which incorporate one or more Religious Education strategies.


Examine the pedagogical theory relevant to one or more strategies.


Online classes will have an online tutorial and additional reading resources.. Students will be expected to contribute 5 discussions.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Boojamra, John Lawrence. Foundations for Orthodox Christian Education. Crestwood, N.Y.: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1989.
  • Everist, Norma Cook. The Church As Learning Community: A Comprehensive Guide to Christian Education. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2002.
  • Farey, Caroline, Waltraud Linnig, and M. Johanna Paruch. The Pedagogy of God: Its Centrality in Catechesis and Catechist Formation. Steubenville, Ohio: Emmaus Road Pub, 2011.
  • Galbraith, Michael W. Adult Learning Methods: A Guide for Effective Instruction. 3rd ed. Malabar, Fla.: Krieger Pub. Co., 2004.
  • Groome, Thomas H. Christian Religious Education: Sharing Our Story and Vision. 1st Jossey-Bass ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999.
  • Hattie, John. Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning. London: Routledge, 2012.
  • Joyce, Bruce R. Models of Teaching. Ninth edition. ed. Boston: Pearson, 2015.
  • McKenzie, Leon, and R. Michael Harton. The Religious Education of Adults. Macon, Ga: Smyth & Helwys Pub, 2002.
  • Roberts, Carlos C. Christian Education Teaching Methods -- from Modern to Postmodern: Teaching the Faith to Post-Moderns. Bloomington, IN: Authorhouse, 2009.
  • Tisdale, Leonora Tubbs. Preaching as Local Theology and Folk Art. Fortress Resources for Preaching. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1997.
  • Vrame, Anton C. The Educating Icon: Teaching Wisdom and Holiness in the Orthodox Way. Brookline, Mass.: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 1999.
  • Welch, Leslie, Gregg Adams, John L. Brown, Adam Welch, and Robert J. Marzano. The Art and Science of Teaching. Alexandria, Va: ASCD, 2008.
  • Wickett, R. E. Y. Models of Adult Religious Education Practice. Birmingham, Ala.: Religious Education Press, 1991.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Reports on observation of two Religious Education sessions in a chosen session (3000 words)

3000 50.0
Learning Resource

Composition of relevant material for Religious Educators (2000 words)

2000 30.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Online tutorial participation (1000 words)

1000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-06-26 14:54:49 +1000