Three Ring Circus at a Combustible Crossroads: Teaching Religion as Core Curriculum

Citation: 
Bounds, Elizabeth. “Three Ring Circus at a Combustible Crossroads: Teaching Religion as Core Curriculum,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 65, no.4 (Winter 1997): 785-807.
Abstract: 

Elizabeth Bounds focuses on a course on phenomenology that she taught at Virginia Technical University in order to illustrate several important issues related to the teaching of religion in American higher education. She prefaces her article with a vignette based on a classroom discussion on abortion. Bounds describes the classroom dynamics as a border space, a crossroads where students meet each other and the faculty and engage the subject material. Both “creative possibility” and “deadening danger” lurk within this space.
<p>Bounds looks at the forces at work inside of the classroom such as student demographics and the campus’ climate. She reflects on how these factors affect the classroom, the dilemmas they create for teaching this course, and how she has attempted to overcome these dilemmas. (KH)

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