In spite of new classroom technologies, many seminary professors rely solely on auditory methods. By the end of a course, a student may have gained some knowledge and skill, but they might not have embedded what they’ve learned into their long-term memories. Elementary and secondary education teachers have worked with neuroscientists to enhance students’ learning and memory with new classroom practices—while seminary professors have largely left this potential untapped.
In this book, Holly J. Inglis shows how advances in neuroscience can inform pedagogical method in the seminary classroom. Her overview of how learning occurs in the brain, different types of memory, and memory creation provides a framework for pedagogical tools. Her application to specific academic disciplines enables instructors to make concrete modifications to their classroom method. Kathy L. Dawson and Rodger Y. Nishioka have implemented Inglis’ approach, and their dialogue with Inglis shows that seminary education can lead to learning that “sticks”—skills and knowledge that stay with students for a lifetime.
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Holly Inglis not only has a firm grasp of recent neuroscience research, but she makes it both accessible and useful.
—David J. Lose, president, Lutheran Theological Seminary
Inglis introduces accessible, brain-wise strategies to help seminary faculty shape focused and memorable learning experiences for their students.
—Katherine Turpin, associate dean for curriculum and assessment, Iliff School of Theology
Inglis both challenges and inspires educators to a new journey: one that invites educators to embrace innovation, artistry, and the sacramental imagination of co-learning with their students.
—Dean G. Blevins, professor of practical theology and Christian discipleship, Nazarene Theological Seminary
Holly J. Inglis has served as a pastor in the Society of Friends and as a Presbyterian Church educator in Indiana and Colorado. She holds a master of divinity from Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana and a doctorate in educational ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.
Kathy L. Dawson is associate professor of Christian education at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is an ordained pastor and certified educator in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She is the author of Confessing the Faith: A Guide to Confirmation for Presbyterians.
Rodger Y. Nishioka holds the Benton Family Chair in Christian Education as an associate professor at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. While he teaches in the area of Christian education and practical theology, he specializes in ministry with youth and young adults. Prior to his joining the faculty at Columbia, Rodger served for 12 years as denominational staff in youth and young adult ministry for the Presbyterian Church (USA). He is the author of Roots of Who We Are, Rooted in Love: 52 Meditations and Stories for Youth Ministry Leaders, and Sowing the Seeds.