Educating about Religious Diversity and Interfaith Engagement: A Handbook for Student Affairs (Paperback)
  • Educating about Religious Diversity and Interfaith Engagement: A Handbook for Student Affairs (Paperback)

Educating about Religious Diversity and Interfaith Engagement: A Handbook for Student Affairs (Paperback)

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Paperback 328 Pages / Published: 30/09/2018
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This book arises out of a recognition that student affairs professionals have little preparation or guidance in dealing with matters of spirituality, religion, secularism and interfaith work at a time of greater diversity in studentsaEURO ™ beliefs; and from a broad recognition that there is a need to engage with this aspect of student life. For those who donaEURO ™t know how to begin and may be nervous about tackling a topic that has the potential to lead to heated disagreements, this book provides the resources and practical guidance to undertake this work.

With the aim of providing student affairs practitioners and faculty with the tools they need to increase their comfort level and enable their ability to engage in discussions about belief both in and out of the classroom, the contributors provide foundational knowledge, concrete teaching ideas, sample activities, and case studies that can be used in a variety of settings.

This book serves multiple audiences in student affairs by providing teaching ideas for practitioners who want to include a session or two about interfaith in their programs as well as ideas for student affairs faculty who may be teaching one session on this topic or a whole course.

The book is divided into four sections. The first offers context, provides the findings of research, and asks readers to reflect on the framework they use to embark on this work, whether a social justice framework that aims to highlight issues of power and privilege or an interfaith cooperation framework that aims to create religious pluralism.

Part 2 provides concrete ideas for creating courses, activities, events, and programs focused on spirituality, religion, secularity, and interfaith engagement, as well as ideas for incorporating these topics into courses typically offered in student affairs preparation programs. Part 3 presents case studies to engage students, practitioners, and faculty in thinking about campus situations related to religious diversity. Part 4 provides some basic information about a variety of religions and worldviews held by college students.

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
ISBN: 9781620366097
Number of pages: 328
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm

From the Foreword:
"While we have increased our emphasis on racial and gender identity over the past twenty years, higher education has not had a commensurate effort to create a deeper understanding of the important role college years play in student's religious, secular, and spiritual identity.

This book, through case studies and examples of relevant research and practice, will be an important resource for creating programs that encourage interfaith dialogue and promote a greater understanding of the religious and secular diversity represented among our students."--Kevin Kruger, President, NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

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