Teaching Undergraduate Research in Religious Studies

ISBN : 9780199732869

Bernadette McNary-Zak; Rebecca Todd Peters
208 Pages
161 x 240 mm
Pub date
Nov 2011
AAR Teaching Religious Studies
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Twenty-five years ago, historian of religions Jonathan Z. Smith wrote: "The quest for the powers and skills of informed judgment for the dual capacities of appreciation and criticism might well stand as the explicit goal of entry level of college curriculum." Regardless of specific course content, the polymethodic face of Religious and Undergraduate Research is increasingly identified as a particularly effective pedagogy for teaching and learning these skills in the discipline. Teaching Undergraduate Research in Religious Studies offers an introduction to the philosophy and practice of Undergraduate Research in Religious Studies and takes up several significant ongoing questions related to it. For those new to Undergraduate Research, it provides an overview of fundamental issues and pedagogical questions and practical models for application in the classroom. For seasoned mentors, the book acts as a dialogue partner on emerging issues and offers insight into pertinent questions in the field based on the experience of recognized experts. Individual chapters focus on select theoretical and practical topics including the nature of collaboration between faculty and students, what it means for undergraduate students to make an "original contribution" in their research, how to identify and shape a research project that is appropriate and manageable, the types of institutional and professional support systems needed to adequately support and reward faculty who participate in this kind of pedagogy, and procedures for adequate and appropriate assessment.


Chapter One: Identifying and Setting Parameters
Bernadette McNary-Zak and Rebecca Todd Peters
Section One: Defining Undergraduate Research in Religious Studies
Chapter Two: Contributing to the Discipline
Rebecca Todd Peters and Bernadette McNary-Zak
Chapter Three: Serving as Mentors and Collaborators
Lynn Huber and John Lanci
Chapter Four: Helping Undergraduates Think About Method
Robin Rinehart
Section Two: Modeling Undergraduate Research in Religious Studies
Chapter Five: Exploring Archival Material
Paul Myhre
Chapter Six: Reading Religion and Culture
Carolyn M. Jones
Chapter Seven: Sending Students Into the Field
Jeffrey M. Brackett
Chapter Eight: Historically Speaking
David Ratke
Chapter Nine: Working with Texts
Lynn Huber and Robin Rinehart
Section Three: Improving Quality in Undergraduate Research in Religious Studies
Chapter Ten: Training the Undergraduate Scholar
Nadia Lahutsky
Chapter Eleven: Promoting Institutional Support
Mark Gstohl
Chapter Twelve: Equipping a Student with Experience, Skills, and Self-Reliance
Ann Marie Chilton
Appendix: Sample Forms

About the author: 

Rebecca Todd Peters is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Elon University. Bernadette McNary-Zak is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Rhodes College.

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