Emmanouil Karageogroudis, Teaching Church History in Public Schools: Theoretical perspectives and applications, Προσχολική & Σχολική Εκπαίδευση, 6|2018, 163-179


Teaching Church history in primary and secondary education can be interesting and create prospects for broader learning as long as it follows the new pedagogical and didactical approaches to studying history through sources. Our theoretical requirements and applying them in school classes were based on empowering students' critical and creative thinking skills by studying and debating controversial and sensitive issues in history. The teaching scenario we propose concerns the proclamation of the Autocephalous Church of Greece. We adopted the principles of inquiry learning and the methodology of problem-based learning. The results of the evaluation indicate that teaching Church history can be effective and interesting, if it is taught in a way that can encourage students to become self-motivated independent learners. In addition, these teaching approaches help students develop multiple skills leading to a deeper knowledge of the past and citizen involvement.

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