RST-432-20, Faith Dev of Child & Adoles
INSTRUCTOR: Sr. Sharon Kanis
SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: T2/Thursday/6:00 - 8:45 PM, October 25; November 1, 8, 15, 29; December 6, 13
The course will explore the development of religious and spiritual understanding in the lives of children until they reach young adulthood. We will examine various ways that parents, teachers and others can engage in meaningful conversation or teaching with children about matters of faith. While the course focuses on Christian religious tradition, individual student research may consider other faith traditions.
-to examine the stages of human development and the interface with faith development in children and adolescents
-to recognize the development in one’s own journey of faith
-to explore methods for having conversations/teaching children and adolescents about dimensions of faith and religion
-to recognize and analyze theories of faith development
-Dialogue involving class members in sharing personal experiences, research, assigned readings and activities
-Attendance and active participation in each class
-Small and large group discussions
-Media and guest resources
REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS:
-Readings and outside class assignments (20%)
-Four reflection/integration papers (40%)
-A final project involving research and the application to the education of children and adolescent (40%)
REQUIRED TEXTS AND MATERIALS:
-Articles provided online
-Blazer, Doris, (ed.) Faith Development in Early Childhood. Sheed and Ward, 1989.
-Fosarelli, Patricia. ASAP: Ages, Stages and Phases. Ligouri, 2006.
-Stonehouse, Catherine and Scottie May, Listening to Children on the Spiritual Journey. Baker Academic, 2010.
RECOMMENDED ASSIGNMENT PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:
Examine your own childhood memories. Write a one-page reflection on one particular memory that either typifies your childhood/adolescent experience or that seems significant to your development in relationship to faith, religion or personal belief.