Biblical Worldview and Curriculum Development
Emily A Cobb
Biblical World View and Curriculum Development
What is the role of a teacher? What is the role of a learner? How does a teacher in a classroom apply their faith, beliefs, and view of the world into their classroom? How does this worldview affect the outcome of the curriculum that is developed and taught to their students? This paper will explore these questions and how the ideas of world view and personal truth affects an educator’s development of curriculum as well as influence the role of the teacher, learner, society, and family. We all have a worldview, a set of lenses used to view all of life and reality. Our individual worldview will influence all personal decisions and will help decide the direction traveled through our life. The role of faith and religious beliefs will affect the development of a personal worldview. A Christian worldview view is based on the belief that God exists (Heb. 11:6) and that God is the ruler by which all things are measured. A foundational belief that God created all things (Gen. 1:11), and he holds all of creation together (Col. 1:17). A Christian worldview will also believe that the Bible is God’s divinely inspired word (2 Tim. 3:16). A belief that God became flesh and lived among us in the body of Jesus Christ (Col. 1:19), and that death and sin entered the world when mankind chose to rebel against God’s word (Rom. 5:12-14). A continuing faith in the belief that the only way to eternal life and being reunited with God is in believing in (John 3:15-19) and obeying (Luke 8:21, John 3:20) Jesus Christ. The Bible is the primary source for all learning. The Bible can be used to teach a foundation of truth and principles of reason that is needed to be a productive student and a life long learner. The same principles of reason and foundations of truth can also be used by educational professionals to structure their classroom and their approach to the curriculum to be taught (Cox Jr. , Barnum & Hameloth, 2010). II Timothy 3:16 – 17 states, “ But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is God – breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (NIV) This scripture is a great foundational scripture for teachers. This scripture can be used to instruct teachers on how to use their formal and informal education to develop their curriculum and instruct their students. A belief in the Word of God and the Bible can be extremely helpful to educators when constructing curriculum and defining what will comprise the foundation of student learning. When Biblical mandates are used as the back bone of a teacher’s classroom management and curriculum, the class will be led in a Godly direction and Godly instruction. The Bible gives reasons for clear, distinct learning outcomes. II Tim. 2:15 calls us to “Study to show ourselves approved unto God…” (KJV). This verse gives a clear learning outcome, we are to study the scriptures constantly and passionately, then incorporate it in every aspect of our lives. All the knowledge and wisdom a teacher or student will ever need is given through the inspired Word of God. Using the Word of God to plan a course of study is effective because it guides students in how to view God and each other, how to conduct themselves, and how to measure ideas and activities. The Role of the teacher is to help students appreciate their ability to be literate, to think critically, and to appreciate their talents, it is those individual talents that will help to shape the students’ contribution to society. A...
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