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The Educational Foundation of Student Assistants in Theological Education

Awarded Grant
Caldwell, Elizabeth
McCormick Theological Seminary
Theological School
1998
Topics: Preparing Graduate Students to Teach

Proposal abstract :
Design, implementation and evaluation of an integrative seminar for senior students who serve as Educational Assistants in seminary courses.

Learning Abstract :
The project sought to design and implement an integrative seminar for senior students who are invited by faculty to serve as Educational Assistants in seminary courses. The goal for the student group involved training in teaching methodology, reading pedagogical literature, learning about adult education theory and multicultural issues, and relating the work to an understanding of the pastor as teacher. The goal for faculty involved evaluating the use of educational assistants in their courses, developing a faculty manual for the use of EAs, and developing a formal faculty discussion on teaching and learning.
The EA seminar was accomplished through a weekend retreat and meetings during the school year. The retreat format facilitated space and time for critical reflection on teaching. Faculty goals were overly ambitious; however, they were able to analyze use of EAs both in their seminary and in both Presbyterian seminaries and Chicago area schools. Faculty teaching and learning discussions were able to take place on two occasions.
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