Teaching Undergraduate Research in Religious Studies

Hardcover | September 29, 2011

byBernadette Mcnary-zak, Rebecca Todd Peters

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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 coursecontent, 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 practiceof 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 thefield 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 toidentify 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.

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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 coursecontent, the polymethodic face of Religious an...

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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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 6.18 × 9.41 × 0.91 inPublished:September 29, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199732868

ISBN - 13:9780199732869

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Table of Contents

1. Identifying and Setting Parameters2. Contributing to the Discipline3. Serving as Mentors and Collaborators4. Helping Undergraduates Think About Method5. Exploring Archival Material6. Reading Religion and Culture7. Sending Students Into the Field8. Historically Speaking9. Working with Texts10. Training the Undergraduate Scholar11. Promoting Institutional Support12. Equipping a Student with Experience, Skills, and Self-Reliance