TEACH Volume 14, Issue 2

Volume 14, Issue 2 of TEACH Journal of Adventist Education is now available online.

South Pacific May 31, 2021

Covering a variety of topics, articles in Volume 14, Issue 2 (2020) of TEACH Journal of Adventist Education include:

Editorial by Graeme Perry
From fires to COVID-19, 2020 was an unprecedented year. Christian educators responded by showing their dedication to their students.

Rethinking Learning in a Lockdown: The Coronavirus Prompts this Principal to ask, “What Really Matters?” by Shaun Hurlow
“Research shows us we learn best when feeling safe and happy. Our feelings allow us to engage our frontal cortex rather than going into fight or flight mode. This notion will be at the forefront of our thinking and planning as schools open once again, ensuring to the best of our ability that our students are feeling positive and confident about their learning so their education flourishes.”

Faith Narrative and Ethical Practice in the Literacy Field by Jason De Hart, JoAnn Higginbotham, and Laura Anderson
“What is the intersection between being a person of faith and a literacy teacher? How do educators experience literacy instruction when trying to connect their faith and practice? Using the lens of researchers Clandinin and Connelly (2000) these questions were explored from the perspective and experience of one of the co-authors. Three themes of Christian pedagogy emerged from the results of this narrative inquiry: the power of words, the power of forgiveness, and the power of voice.”

King’s Kids: Nurturing Children’s Spiritual Life During COVID-19 by Beverly Christian
Seeing a need as churches physically shut down, Abide Family Ministries created an online children’s program with Christian content. Five series of King’s Kids are now available.

Creating a Trauma Informed College Campus by Rodney Palmer
“Higher education institutions in providing optimal service to their constituents, should seek to create a campus culture that places high premium on the best-practices of a trauma-informed approach. This paper will discuss the key concepts associated with trauma including the [Adverse Childhood Experiences] study and provide insight on educational practices that will assist in creating a trauma-informed college campus.”

Managing Unsatisfactory Teaching Performance in the Classroom: A Christian Approach by Marion Shields
“An area that is the cause of much angst and even heartache for educational leaders is the responsibility of managing unsatisfactory performance of staff members. This paper addresses the topic, and provides a step by step process that includes adherence to legislation, fairness for both leaders and employees, and more importantly, fairness for students who are the recipients of unsatisfactory teaching performance.”

Time Travel: Teaching Australian History Through Speculative Fiction by Lynnette Lounsbury and Charlotte O’Neill
“At first glance, speculative texts have little in common with historical ones. One represents what has happened, one attempts to predict what might take place. And yet, the speculative allows an exploration of the potential that historical writing does not.”

Reflections on Pedagogical Hospitality and Remote Learning by Kaye Chalwell
“Teaching involves teachers acting as hospitable hosts who create learning spaces that welcome their students into learning…this was reversed when teachers became guests as well as hosts as they ‘entered’ their students’ homes, albeit remotely, to teach. This experience of being a guest is similar to the experience of Special Religious Education (SRE) teachers as they enter Australian Public School classrooms to teach about their Christian faith. This article explores pedagogical hospitality during remote learning with reference to the experiences of SRE teachers who experience being guests of the classroom teachers where they teach.”

Geography Field Trips: Why Getting Dirty Matters by Beverly Christian and Tiani Page
“This investigation explores past and current literature about field trips and evaluates them against the aims of the Australian Geography Curriculum. The literature reveals that virtual field trips have the potential to offer equal and sometimes superior opportunities to meet the curriculum aims relating to knowledge and understanding. The literature however suggests that on-site field trips potentially offer a stronger emotional connection that may lead to realising the aims of respect, tolerance and informed and active citizenship beyond the classroom.”

Technology: Learning and Computing from Home in Lockdown by Martin Gray
“Students’ levels of out of school access to computers, peripherals and the internet was investigated by surveying Singleton High School students and parents in 2020 both pre and post the covid-19 pandemic lockdown. Though only 54% indicated unrestricted access to a device, 89% accessed at least one of their classes in the first week online. The restraints impacting student completion of learning within the ‘learning from home’ period are discussed within an intention to achieve equity in learning opportunity.”

“Left Behind” and Invalid Comparisons by Wilf Rieger
Australians are regularly warned they are in danger of being left behind in various areas compared to other nations. “Nowhere, it appears, are comparisons more ubiquitous than in the area of education and schooling.”

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