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AN ANALYSIS OF THE TEACHING METHODOLOGY OF JESUS CHRIST AND ITS RELATION TO ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

CHARLES HARRY NICHOLS, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Abstract

The Problem. The purpose of this study was to analyze the teaching methodology of Jesus Christ in the context of His own time. A comparison of His methodology with current adult educational methodology was also made. The result of this study was a list of guiding principles for current adult religious educators.^ The Procedure. Historical research was the research approach chosen for this study. The actual research was handled in three sections. The first section attempted to analyze the educational methodology from 40 B.C. to 40 A.D. This section answered the question, "What was the standard educational methodology of Jesus' lifetime?" Lists of Greek, Roman, and Jewish methodologies were developed.^ Section two contained the actual analysis of Jesus Christ's teaching methodologies. The question, "What were His methods," was answered. A list of His methods was developed after an analysis of those methods in the specific teaching situations.^ The last section analyzed current teaching methodologies and compared them to those of Jesus Christ. From this comparison a Methods Selection Chart and a list of ten principles were developed for the current religious educator.^ Conclusions. As a result of this research the following principles were developed. (1) Jesus selected methods based on the ability of the pupil. (2) Jesus selected His methods based on the attitude on the student. (3) Jesus selected His methods based on the size of the class. (4) Jesus selected His methods based on the location of His teaching. (5) Jesus selected His methods based on the content He was trying to communicate. (6) Jesus selected His methods based on the purposes of His teaching. (7) Jesus used a variety of methods in His teaching, however His variety was purposeful. (8) Jesus never let the method overshadow the purpose or the content of the lesson. (9) Jesus based His methods in the practical, mundane lives of His students. (10) Jesus used methods of His day to their fullest potential.^

Subject Area

Education, Adult and Continuing

Recommended Citation

CHARLES HARRY NICHOLS, "AN ANALYSIS OF THE TEACHING METHODOLOGY OF JESUS CHRIST AND ITS RELATION TO ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION" (January 1, 1983). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Paper AAI8328186.
http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI8328186

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