Teaching World Religion Using Multiple Intelligences Theory: A Curriculum Unit for Secondary Schools in the U.S.
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The purpose of this thesis is to design a curriculum unit for teaching world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity) that is based on Gardner's Multiple Intelligences Theory. This curriculum unit uses 'Rites of Passage' as an entry point and is intended for secondary schools in the United States. In order to facilitate the implementation of teaching world religions into Social Science classes, this curriculum unit satisfies the standards set by the National Council for the Social Studies. The review of the literature establishes the importance of teaching world religions aiming for cultural understanding and seeking to enable students to become open-minded citizens with the ability to see the world through multiple perspectives. The literature review also suggests that Gardner's Multiple Intelligences Theory fits well to teach world religions since the eight intelligences are multiple ways to approach and discover a ce1iain topic, and one can gain insights into religions .in various ways. The unit features 31 lesson plans: two introductory lessons to familiarize the students with rites of passage, five lessons for each religion, and four comparative lessons to encourage higher level thinking. Furthermore, the unit suggests a framework to accompany the whole unit, which includes a research project and a leaming log to allow meta-reflection.
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