Student Research: Faith & Learning
Creating a Biblical Foundations Curriculum for Missional Universities
At Dordt, students receive an education that integrates faith into every aspect of the classroom, equipping them with a holistic understanding of the world and everything in it. For many international Christian universities however, a dualistic approach to education (using secular education as a means to a missional end) is deeply embedded in their historical narrative. The idea that education rooted in biblical foundations can be missional, is a model that is new and exciting.
Kumi University, located in in Uganda, is one example. Founded by South Korean missionaries in 1999, Kumi University has historically approached education dualistically—focusing on the alleviation of poverty through education as a harbinger of the gospel. For Kumi University and others, an introduction to the reformed perspective of teaching for transformation has offered a tangible ideological solution that bridges the gap between mission and means.
This summer, Dr. Jay Shim, Professor of Theology at Dordt, along with three current students, will have the opportunity to establish a Biblical foundations curriculum for Kumi and other Christian international universities. Modeling Dordt’s educational task and framework, Dr. Shim and his team will work to create a curriculum that integrates faith and learning both in content and methodology of education.
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