What is our anxious modern world lacking? What place do values hold? In his editorial, Graeme Perry describes the need of a bigger and better boat, a salvation ark. Additional articles in Volume 13, Issue 2 (2019) of TEACH Journal of Adventist Education include:
In Search of a Better Story: Teaching Wisdom to Build Wellbeing in an Increasingly Complex World by Joshua Brown
Throughout history, seeking wisdom has been integral in the pursuit of a fulfilling, good life. How does this look in our complex, changing world today?
Can Teachers See Australia’s New Caste-ism? by Stephen Fyson
“There are competing narratives about the design and purpose of life within our Western world. Part of this competition of ideas is caught up in implications that come from how we view human beings as persons. This article proposes that one of these new Australian alternatives to Christian ways of viewing life is creating an unstated but real caste system amongst so-called different kinds of persons.”
Up a Tree or in the Mud: How Nature-Based Free Play Contributes to the Wellbeing of Children by Dianne Hillsdon and Beverly Christian
Many children live very managed, structured and risk-free lives. Consequently, they are not necessarily developing “confidence and resilience that transfer to new situations.” In contrast, time outdoors engaging in exploration and free play grows these skills.
What It Might Mean to Be a ‘Classroom Ready’ Teacher by Lindsay Graieg
It is suggested that what is considered to be classroom ready is “dependent upon a worldview presented as ‘normative’ and ‘authorised’ emerging from a powerful story about the world that in terms of establishing identity may be potentially antithetical to a biblical worldview.”
After the Earthquake: Adult Reflections on Adolescent Experiences of a Natural Disaster by Michaela Pratt, Phil Fitzsimmons and Beverly Christian
By interviewing participants seven years after the event, “this ‘living memory’ study investigated the perceived psychoemotional experiences of four senior high school students at one Christian school during and after the February 22, 2011, Christchurch New Zealand earthquake.”
The Lived Experiences of Students and Faculty of a Christian College who Participated in a Short-term International Mission Trip by Miranda Davis, Hannah Lechlitner, Tia Standifer, Samuel Abraham, Deborah Gillum
One-on-one interviews with mission trip participants revealed the following themes: cultural adaptation, relationships, spiritual factors, and personal gain.
Good? Different? Assessing the Idea of an atypical Clinical Teaching Model of Initial Teacher Education, using SWOT Analysis by Wilf Rieger
“Is a Clinical Teaching Model, characterised by a school-embedded, employment-integrated, alternative mode, an opportune path for initial teacher education? A [Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats] Analysis is used to address this question and engender discussion, as it relates to Christian faith-based schools.”
Human Touch in the Primary School Setting by Andrea Thompson and Peter Beamish
Analysis of interviews conducted at a small faith-based school “indicated the majority of the participants in this study supported the use of ‘healthy’ physical contact, between teachers and students. Students, parents and teachers were mindful of appropriate ways to touch, arena of safety issues, and that touch may not be for everyone, all concepts which informed a proposition for policy review in schools to optimise student development and wellbeing.”
The Writer’s Labyrinth: A Reflection on the Principles of Academic Writing, Part 2 by Sharon Kaye Judge
This author views “writing and reading as a way of tracing [God’s] love through the past, present and future.”