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RST-432-20, Faith Dev of Child & Adoles (FA14)

 INSTRUCTOR: Sharon Kanis, SSND, SKanis@NDM.EDU, ext. 5347/ 410- 591-6424

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: T2/Thursday/6- 8:45 PM, 10/23/2014-12/11/14

CONTENT:

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.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

-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

METHODS:

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.