Before beginning the pre-writing, download the “Biblical Worldview Paper Instructions” document from the Assignments page in Blackboard. Read the rationale for the full paper assignment. For the pre-writing, write three 100-word paragraphs (300 words total).
Paragraph 1: Using chapters 2-3 of the Graham (2009) textbook Teaching Redemptively, write a 100-word paragraph relating the key elements of a biblical worldview. For this paragraph, focus strictly on discussing the core tenets of a biblical worldview. Avoid references to education in this paragraph. Although you may or may not embrace the ideas you are writing about, present them objectively as you would in a report about what others believe. The intent of this paragraph is not for it to be a personal position paper or a critique of ideas. Later in the term, you will have an opportunity to write your own personal philosophy paper, but this assignment is not it. Therefore, avoid first-person pronouns.
Paragraph 2: For this 100-word paragraph, use at least one reference of your choice. You may use the Graham textbook, a source from the Blackboard “Biblical Worldview Paper Instructions,” or another source of your choosing. The first paragraph was a report on the main tenets of a biblical worldview. This second paragraph will be an objective statement on the topic of Christian philosophy of education. In this paragraph, convey a basic understanding of key elements of an educational philosophy that is based distinctively on a perspective drawn from Judeo-Christian scriptures. Address issues of meaning, purpose, and values. Do not discuss the practical application to the instructional process; that will come in the third paragraph. A common error is for writers to neglect the discussion of a Christian philosophy of education by focusing too much on the implications for educational practice, which will be addressed in the third paragraph.