Unpacking religious understandings in teaching
Logan, Kimberly Rebecca
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This is a study about the intersection of religion and teaching in the lives of four undergraduate pre-service teachers. Surprisingly little research exists on how religious beliefs influence students in teacher education settings, yet many education students identify as religious and feel called to teach. This research contributes to the literature by examining the influence of religion and calling in the lives of Christian women as they complete their student teaching semester at a public university. Narrative inquiry is used to understand the ways these women make sense of the world through the lens of their Christian faith. Their stories reveal the complexity of what calling means and the ways religious understandings influence approaches to students and to the teaching profession. In the end, I argue that the question is not‒if religion matters to teacher education, but how it matters‒and how teacher educators can create spaces to talk about, honor, and yet question and investigate the role of religious understandings to teachers and students.