The Decisive Factor for a Successful Religion Class: The Gifted Teacher, With Vocation and Character

The Decisive Factor for a Successful Religion Class: The Gifted Teacher, With Vocation and Character

Gordon Vasile
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1427-6.ch014
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The success of the Religion class depends on a number of factors, some of them related to the students, others to the educators. From the second category, the essential factor is the teacher employed to teach the school subject. This study aims to examine the determining factor involved in teaching religion and to explain the paradigmatic profile of the teacher. His/her strong or weak points are decisive for accomplishing or missing the objectives of the Religion class. In the present study, the authors mainly consider the paradigmatic profile of an educator, in contrast with that of a mere school “employee.”
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Preliminaries: Essential Factors In Education

In order to understand the place and the role of the teacher in the religious educational act, it would be useful to start with an overall view on the factors involved in education. Considering our topic, two categories are to be taken into account: “general factors” – found in lay sciences studies (Bontaş, 1994, pp. 35-46) –, and “special factors” – found in Christian pedagogical texts. Therefore, based on multidisciplinary research (in philosophy of education, psychology and sociology, genetics etc.), secular pedagogy established three general factors in personality development: a. “Heredity” (as an internal factor); b. “Environment” (as an external factor); c. “Education” (as a mixed factor, both internal and external). These three factors led to as many related theories: heredity-based theories, environmental theories and theories of the double determination. The special factors, essential for our topic, are: Family, Church and School.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Optimal Communication: With regard to the educational environment within the family, it suggests a harmonious rapport between parents and children, and between parents themselves.

Orthodox: Member of the Eastern Orthodox Church, the second largest Christian Church in the world. Until the Great Schism (1054), it was in communion with the Roman Catholic Church.

Vocation (of a Teacher): Means not only having a special inclination for a certain art or calling, but it implies a responsible answer to the calling (made by God, school, society, etc.)

Liturgical Life: The practice and participation of worshipping God, especially by being in communion with Christ in the Eucharist, and by taking part in the life of the Church.

Theandric Act: An action which combines both the divine and human nature. In Christian education terms, it refers to the co-operation between God and the professor in shaping pupil's character.

Religion Class: In Romania state schools, the majority of religious classes focus on the Romanian Orthodox faith, which is the main religion in the country. Attending the classes is optional.

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