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Meeting Program Units

2011 Annual Meeting

San Francisco, CA

Meeting Begins11/19/2011
Meeting Ends11/22/2011

Call for Papers Opens: 1/25/2011
Call for Papers Closes: 3/4/2011

Requirements for Participation

Academic Teaching and Biblical Studies


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Academic Teaching and Biblical Studies section is requesting paper proposals in three areas:


1) Papers / presentations discussing pedagogical theory, didactic practices and (theo)ethical challenges and opportunities in teaching the Introductory class to Hebrew Bible, New Testament, or Bible for students of seminaries and religion-affiliated colleges.
2) Technology continues to offer students and faculty a wide range of pedagogical tools and opportunities. In this session, we are exploring best faculty practices in using technology to teach students to read and analyze texts. We are also seeking ideas on how to encourage student engagement and study through technology. Examples and techniques can be drawn from distance or blended learning environments or the traditional physical classroom. Hands-on presentations are especially welcome.
Additionally, ATBS and the "Bible and Popular Culture" section are co-sponsoring a session on Teaching the Bible with Popular Culture. Students are generally far more familiar with popular culture and its artifacts than they are with the Bible. Alternately, much of what they know about the bible is gained not by reading the biblical texts but by how biblical stories are transmitted via popular culture. In this session, we are looking for papers that suggest ways to capitalize on this dichotomy: how can popular culture artifacts be used to teach students about the bible and/or to spark their interest in reading more carefully or more deeply? We especially encourage presenters to go beyond reading a paper by including interactive or other active learning activities at the session.

Program Unit Chairs

Adam L. Porter

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