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Those Who Can, Teach: Teaching as Christian Vocation

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For many aspiring academics, the transition from doctoral student to classroom teacher is a challenging one. The classroom culture, the needed pedagogical skills, and the expected level and type of work are significantly different in the two environments. Nevertheless, most doctoral students go on to teach in undergraduate or seminary classrooms. To prepare the PhD students at McMaster Divinity College to negotiate this transition successfully, the faculty holds a biennial colloquium covering the major dimensions, both theoretical and practical, of a Christian teaching vocation. On the basis of the presentations of the colloquium, the essential topics have been addressed in essays prepared for this volume for the benefit of all who aspire to excellence in their teaching, especially those in Christian higher education.

  • Contains essays on the topic of Christian teaching as a vocation
  • Discusses the transition from student to teacher
  • Provides both theoretical pedagogical help as well as practical tips on teaching
  • “Introduction: Teaching as Theological Vocation,” by Stanley E. Porter
  • “Developing a Philosophy of Education,” by Stanley E. Porter
  • “Pedagogy and Course Objectives,” by Michael P. Knowles
  • “Designing and Evaluating Learning Experiences for Courses,” by Mark J. Boda
  • “Developing a Syllabus,” by Cynthia Long Westfall
  • “Sculpting a Lesson: The Art of Preparing a Classroom Learning Experience,” by Lee Beach
  • “Teaching Introductory New Testament Greek,” by Lois K. Fuller Dow
  • “Teaching Biblical Hebrew: Practical Strategies for Introductory Courses,” by Paul Evans
  • “Leading Intentional Theological Reflection in the Classroom: The Merging of Mind and Heart,” by Wendy J. Porter
  • “From Doctoral Program to Classroom,” by Steven M. Studebaker
  • “The Upside-Down Professor: The Professor in a Christian Institution,” by Gordon L. Heath
  • “Spirituality of Teaching and Theological Integration,” by Phil C. Zylla
At last there is a book written by experts in theological education that will help those who wish to teach effectively these truths. Stanley Porter and his colleagues provide some practical steps for bridging the chasm that normally separates teaching and learning styles. Teaching should be seen as a means of informing scholarship and vice versa, and this masterful collection of essays shows you deftly where and how to begin this journey.

—Don Page, professor emeritus of graduate program, Trinity Western University

Stanley Porter explicitly and implicitly addresses the negative effects caused by an almost universal absence of graduate school instruction in the fundamentals of good teaching. . . . These reflections cover a wide range of both theoretical pedagogical considerations . . . as well as practical pointers on effective teaching. Noteworthy throughout these very helpful essays is the acknowledgement of the seminary or Christian college educator's need for humility, patience, enthusiasm, and dedicated, prayerful commitment to the teaching task.

—Deane E.D. Downey, professor emeritus in English and interdisciplinary studies, Trinity Western University

Those Who Can, Teach provides educators—both veterans and beginners—with the clear thinking and practical advice that all of us wished we had before entering the classroom for the first time. All of us on occasion have remarked how odd it is that one can earn a PhD without any instruction in how to teach! Those Who Can, Teach shows us how this problem can be rectified.

Craig A. Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies, Acadia Divinity College

  • Title: Those Who Can, Teach: Teaching as Christian Vocation
  • Author: Stanley E. Porter
  • Series: McMaster Divinity College General Series
  • Volume: 3
  • Publisher: Pickwick Publications
  • Print Publication Date: 2013
  • Logos Release Date: 2015
  • Pages: 226
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Theology › Study and teaching (Higher); Christian education › Teaching methods; Christian college teachers › Training of
  • ISBN: 9781620329368
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2019-10-03T23:26:04Z

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to English translations, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Stanley E. Porter

Stanley E. Porter (1956–) is a respected expert in Greek and New Testament studies. He received a BA from Point Loma College, an MA from Claremont Graduate School, another MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a PhD from the University of Sheffield.

Porter is best known for his works on verbal aspects in New Testament Greek. He is a respected expert in Greek and New Testament studies worldwide, and is actively involved in and the Linguistics Institute of Ancient and Biblical Greek. He is also a regular columnist for Christian Week

Porter currently serves as president, dean, and professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College. He is the author or editor of numerous studies in the New Testament and Greek language, including Idioms of the Greek New Testament, Discourse Analysis and the New Testament: Approaches and Results, and Dictionary of New Testament Background.


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