From book clubs to genetic engineering, Volume 80, Issue 2 (April-June 2018) of The Journal of Adventist Education covers a variety of topics. In her editorial, Faith-Ann McGarrell explores the concept of hope, its impact, and how to remain hopeful in trying times. Additional titles in this issue include:
The Church School: Where Churches and Schools Collaborate in Mission by Jiří Moskala
How can pastors help Adventist education thrive? Adapted from Dr. Moskala’s 2017 presentation at the 2017 LEAD Conference in Slovenia, this article “shares a vision for the revitalizing of Adventist education by proposing to do things differently.”
Thirty Years of Research on the Impact of Adventist Schools on Students by Jerome Thayer
How does Adventist education impact students? Several landmark studies are reviewed in this article.
Teaching and Assessing Language Skills Online by Arceli Rosario, Irene Rivera and Sheri Joy Namanya
“Can language skills really be taught effectively online? If so, what strategies are most effective? Can these skills be properly assessed in the online environment? If so, how?”
Enhancing Learning Through Reflective E-Journals by Prema Gaikwad
A two-way process involving the teacher as well as students, journaling is useful in more than just face-to-face classrooms. E-journals can enrich both online and traditional classrooms.
Editing Life: Modern Biology and Biblical Principles by Peter Lyons
This article considers “developing technologies that are now enabling us to modify life as we know it. What exactly are these biological technologies? How do they work? Will they be beneficial to us and our planet, or result in negative repercussions? Most importantly, are there biblical principles that might guide Christian communities’ approach to these issues? …How can we teach about these rapidly changing aspects of science while getting the science and the Bible correct and encouraging students’ practical involvement in the issues?”
The How and Why of Starting a Faculty Book Club by Scott Moncrieff and Anneris Coria-Navia
Research has shown faculty learning communities, of which book clubs are a type, to have positive effects. For example, “they create connections and networks for isolated teachers, foster multidisciplinary curricula, and help construct community in higher education.”