Universität Wien FIND

010101 SE Specific Subject Didactics II/III (2013S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 01.03. 13:30 - 15:30 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Friday 19.04. 15:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Saturday 20.04. 09:30 - 12:30 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Saturday 20.04. 14:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Friday 10.05. 14:15 - 17:00 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Saturday 11.05. 09:30 - 12:30 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Saturday 11.05. 14:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

Stories are one of the most powerful tools teachers can use in Religious Education Classes.
In this seminar, we will first take a close look at how to best incorporate stories into R.E. classes. Different models and theories about the use of stories and storytelling will be discussed leading to a personal evaluation of various approaches.
Throughout the course, we will critically analyze the benefits and drawbacks of various stories, starting from Bible Stories from the Old and New Testament, parables and songs as a basis for teaching.
Moreover, so called Take Home Book Bags (THBB) will be put at the center of the seminar. Thus, we will use children's literature as a well to bring a subtle point to students as so many fine children's books carry a strong ethical message.
THBB are a widely spread concept found in the USA and are a fun way to help children share what they are learning with their families. Children take these (literacy) bags home, read the books, experience the stories through various activities that incorporate several senses, engage in discussions about the books and then write about their experiences in a (reading response) journal.
Teachers can design THBB to complement class curriculum, extend specific areas of study, or promote a better understanding of issues related to a child's world. The bags engage teachers, parents, and children the like. As an innovative school-to-family project they will certainly
* strengthen the family-school partnership
* make reading fun and interactive
* ignite an enthusiasm for stories, books and literacy and
* foster reading, thinking, as well as reflective skills per se.
Furthermore, THBB are not only suitable for school use, but also for parishes and other interested communities.
After having gained expertise in the field of 'Stories and How To Use Them in Class' and 'Take Home Book Bags', students will leave this seminar with a collection of stories and teaching material useful for their future R.E. careers.

Assessment and permitted materials

* Regular attendance
* Active participation in class as well as online (MOODLE platform)
* Short workshop in class (group work)
* THBB seminar paper (auf Deutsch oder Englisch!)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

At the end of this course, you will be given an overview of available children's literature suitable for R.E. teaching in the form of Take Home Book Bags. Moreover, you will have gained insight into how to effectively incorporate Take Home Book Bags into your classrooms and how to design activities accordingly.

Examination topics

* Course readings as the basis of group discussions
* Kick-off! Workshops carried out in class
* E-learning platform 'MOODLE': complete regular assignments, engage in discussions and feedback sessions
* Hands-on activities

Reading list

Specific course readings will be assigned for each session.
Selected readings are available for download at the MOODLE e-learning platform of the course.

Association in the course directory

Pflichtfach für 012 (02W) und 020; gilt für 066 793 als "Fachdidaktik" Modul 15

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