Teaching methods and techniques regarding the school subject of Religious Education

Course Information
TitleΕΙΔΙΚΗ ΔΙΔΑΚΤΙΚΗ ΤΟΥ ΜΑΘΗΜΑΤΟΣ ΤΩΝ ΘΡΗΣΚΕΥΤΙΚΩΝ. / Teaching methods and techniques regarding the school subject of Religious Education
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorIraklis Rerakis
Course ID60005152

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction)
Learning Outcomes
The multifaceted training and performance of students in theoretical and practical framework for the teaching process of the school in general and especially in the didactical models of religious education, so as students will be able to: •Strategically choose between different didactical strategies when planning a teaching, related to expected learning outcomes. • Gain familiarity with methodological tools, modern teaching methods and course design. • Use multimedia and modern technology in classroom after their training in the lab Education - Christian Education. The six-month Student Practice Programme at schools contributes to the achievement of this objective.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course includes general issues about Didactics of religious education in theory and practice. Postgraduate students learn how to investigate modern educational models. Using modern didactical methods they can effectively update their educational work. Also, this course investigates issues as the relationship between teacher and student, educational principles, methods and forms of teaching, the role of curricula and textbooks, the teaching aids and the evaluation of teaching. The course also includes modern types of teaching religious education, such as communication and teamwork, project method, Interdisciplinarity and interculturalism in religious education. Besides, the course analyzes the value of micro-teaching, the importance of the Student Practice Prorgamme and the significance of teacher training. Postgraduate students participate in the Students Practice Programme for the undergraduate students. This Programme includes: • Micro-teaching as training technique for postgraduate students • Selection of educational material • Planning of teaching • Cooperation with secondary and high schools By these actions postgraduate students learn about modern trends in Didactics of religious education 1. General introduction in Didactics I 2. General introduction in Didactics I 3. Didactics of religious education 4. Teacher and student as interactive persons 5. Educational principles 6. Didactical methods 7. Curricula and Educational material production 8. Planning and implementation of educational evaluation 9. Informatics and educational technologies 10. Educational technologies –applications 11. Current Didactics models (group cooperative learning, project method, intersciplinarity , intercultural education etc) 12. Micro-teaching 13. Student Practice Programme
Didactics, didactical principles, curriculum, educational material, planning of teaching, educational technology, group cooperative learning, intersciplinarity, intercultural education, micro-teaching, Student Practice Programme.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Video lectures
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Laboratory Work
Interactive Teaching in Information Center
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities
Written assigments
Student Assessment
1. Gradual progress 2. Seminar paper 3. Compulsory and successful participation in the Student Practice Programme 4. Considered and counted positive participation in class
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Ε. Περσελής, Χριστιανική αγωγή και σύγχρονος κόσμος. Θέματα θεωρίας και πράξης της χριστιανικής αγωγής, εκδ. Αρμός, Αθήνα 1994. 2. Ε. Περσελής, Σχολική θρησκευτική αγωγή, εκδ. Γρηγόρης, Αθήνα 1998. 3. Χ. Βασιλόπουλος, Διδακτική του μαθήματος των θρησκευτικών, εκδ. Κυριακίδη, Θεσσαλονίκη 21996. 4. Χ. Βασιλόπουλος, Ο μαθητής ως κριτήριο του μαθήματος των θρησκευτικών, εκδ. Κυριακίδη, Θεσσαλονίκη -2η έκδοση- 1993. 5. Σ. Δερβίσης, Σύγχρονη γενική Διδακτική, Θεσσαλονίκη 31983. 6. Ε. Δημητρόπουλος, Εκπαιδευτική Αξιολόγηση, τόμ. Β΄, εκδ. Π. Πουρναράς, Θεσσαλονίκη 1983. 7. Χ. Ζευκιλής, Εποπτικά μέσα διδασκαλίας των θρησκευτικών (διά τα δημοτικά, τα γυμνάσια και τα κατηχητικά), εκδ. Ιχθύς, Αθήνα 1969. 8. Χ. Ζευκιλής Τα εποπτικά μέσα διδασκαλίας. Σύγχρονη προσέγγιση της εκπαιδευτικής τεχνολογίας, εκδ. Γρηγόρης, Αθήνα 1989. 9. Ε. Κανακίδου – Β. Παπαγιάννη, Διαπολιτισμική αγωγή, εκδ. Ελληνικά Γράμματα, Αθήνα 1997. 10. Φ. Κοσσυβάκη, Κριτική Επικοινωνιακή Διδασκαλία, εκδ. Gutenberg, Αθήνα 1998. 11. Ν. Μαρκαντώνη, Διδακτική των θεολογικών μαθημάτων, εκδ. Γρηγόρης, Αθήνα 1988. 12. Ηλ. Ματσαγγούρας, Ομαδοκεντρική διδασκαλία και μάθηση. Θεωρία και πράξη της διδασκαλίας κατά ομάδες, εκδ. Γρηγόρης, Αθήνα 1995. 13. Ηλ. Ματσαγγούρας, Θεωρία και πράξη της διδασκαλίας, τόμ. Β΄ Στρατηγικές διδασκαλίας. Από την πληροφόρηση στην κριτική σκέψη, εκδ. Gutenberg, Αθήνα 31997. 14. Κ. Μπίκος, Αλληλεπίδραση και κοινωνικές σχέσεις στη σχολική τάξη, εκδ. Ελληνικά Γράμματα, Αθήνα 2004. 15. Ε. Ταρατόρη – Ε. Τσαλκατίδου, Η μέθοδος project στη θεωρία και στην πράξη, εκδ. Κυριακίδης, Θεσσαλονίκη 2002. 16. Ι. Κογκούλης, Η σχολική τάξη ως κοινωνική ομάδα και η ομαδοσυνεργατική διδασκαλία και μάθηση, εκδ. Κυριακίδη, Θεσσαλονίκη 42004. 17. Ηρ. Ρεράκης Ο «άλλος» στο ελληνικό σχολείο. Ορθόδοξη χριστιανοπαιδαγωγική θεώρηση, εκδ. Π. Πουρναράς, Θεσσαλονίκη 2006. 18. Ηρ. Ρεράκης Κοινωνική ένταξη και θρησκευτική αγωγή του μαθητή στο ελληνικό σχολείο, εκδ. Π. Πουρναράς, Θεσσαλονίκη 2010. 19. Anton C. Vrame,The Educating Icon: Teaching Wisdom and Holiness in the Orthodox Way,Brookline, Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 1999. 20. John L. Elias,A History of Christian Education: Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox Perspective, Krieger Pub. Co., 2002. 21. Thomas H. Groome,Christian Religious Education: Sharing our Story and Vision,San Francisco, Harper and Row, 1980. 22. Marian de Souza, Kathleen Engebreston, Gloria Durka, Robert Jackson, Andrew McGrady (eds),International Handbook of the Religious, Moral and Spiritual Dimensions in Education,Springer 2006.
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