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How do you make the study of religion interesting to students?

Jesuit Teacher Paul Fitzgerald discusses the most effective ways in which he has learned to teach religion. The walls of Fitzgerald’s classroom have become transparent, as he relies much on service learning. He also firmly believes in the use of one’s own faith belief in teaching and inserting a level of discomfort in the classroom to keep students intrigued.

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Playing Time: 6:30 minutes

About the Interviewee: Rev. Dr. Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J.

Fr. Fitzgerald, S.J. is the Senior Vice President For Academic Affairs at Fairfield University. He formerly taught theology at Santa Clara University and has written on a variety of theological topics. He received doctorates from La Sorbonne and Institut Catholique de Paris and specializes in Sociology of Religion and Practical Theology.

About the Interviewer:

Dr. Alfred Benney is a professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. He has a Ph.D in Theology from the Hartford Seminary Foundation and teaches courses in Non-Traditional American Religions and Christian Religious Thought. His research interests include "how people learn"; "the appropriate use of technology in teaching/learning" and "myth as explanatory narrative". He has published work on teaching with technology.

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