Children's conceptual thinking and biblical studies units
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Problem: The problem of this dissertation is to appraise the use of certain Bible study units as a means for guiding children's conceptual thinking about Christian concepts of God, man, and their relationship, in light of present understandings concerning conceptual thinking of children. Procedure: The dissertation begins with a consideration of the rationale for the use of the Bible in Methodist Church School Curriculum as set forth in statements of the Board of Education and its editorial division. The body of the study consists of two approaches to the problem: a study is made of conceptual thinking with special reference to children's thinking and their concept capacities; then, an analysis of the biblical studies units of the Closely Graded Courses is made in terms of the concepts of God, man, and their relationship. The concept of God is analyzed for concepts of God as Creator, Provider, Revealer, Redeemer, and Sanctifier. The concept of man is analyzed in terms of the spiritual nature of man's conscious selfhood, his role as questor, and as responder to God. The concept of the relationship between God and man is analyzed in terms of the God-pupil relationships of love, trust, discipline, and the relationship in the community of the church. Next, the conceptual expectations indicated by the data of the analysis are examined in the light of the study of conceptual thinking. Then, in order that the appraisal might include how well pupils who study the Closely Graded Courses are able to indicate their understanding of content taught that would appear to be difficult to learn, a field research project is undertaken at the local church level.[TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University
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