Author: Richard Edlin

Dr Richard Edlin is the Director of Edserv International, a mission-based organization serving Christian education communities around the world. Originally from New Zealand but having lived with his family in several places around the world since 1987 outside of his homeland, Dr Edlin is a well-known international speaker on topics relating to a Christian worldview and education from a Christian perspective. Of his many writings, The Cause of Christian Education, which is now in its 4th edition and has been translated into several languages, is his most well-known work. His recently published little book for Christian parents entitled Thinking About Schooling, has been enthusiastically received in the Christian schools community. His own areas of special academic include philosophy, cultural sensitivity training, and effective teacher professional development strategies around the world. His two doctoral degrees are from the US and South Korea. At the present time he is particularly interested in the concept of reformed critical realism; the development of symbiotic teacher education partnerships, especially train-the-trainer schemes, between countries across the Asia/Oceania region; the essence of Christian schooling, imagination and the Christian school, critical friend institutional support, and the challenge of secularism.

Thinking Christianly in Curriculum Design

Ralph Tyler, Hilda Taba, and Philip Jackson (with the latter’s reminder that even our definitions are a reflection of our worldviews), are some of the gurus of curriculum design. Their ideas, whether we realize it or not, have helped shape our contemporary understanding of curriculum, including the curriculum construction and application process. For example, Tyler’s …

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The Great “Stop-and-Drop-Shop” Fallacy

The other day, I was down at one of our local Christian schools collecting two of my grandchildren, to look after them at the end of the school day, whilst Sue, their mother, was busy running an after-school activity for parents. Actually, my grandson Brendon saw me in the school some time before the final …

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