Education as Formation
The topic of the 2019 EdComm Conference was Education as Formation. Interacting with literature, film, and postmodern trendsetters, as well as conversing with the disciplines of philosophy, theology, and sociology, Prof Garber suggests that young people can form a coherent and unified Christian worldview in the midst of an education that is often experienced as more fragmenting and disintegrating than unifying and integrating. At the 2019 EdComm Conference, participants were challenged by Prof Garber as he encouraged us to consider how students must learn to connect belief with behaviour in a way that does not separate the private from the public, or truth claims from life as it is actually lived.
Speaker: Prof Steven Garber
Professor of Marketplace Theology and Leadership, Regent College
BA (Geneva College), MA (Goddard College), PhD (Pennsylvania State University)
Dr. Steven Garber, Professor of Marketplace Theology and Leadership at Regent College, is Director of Regent’s new graduate program, the Master of Arts in Leadership, Theology, and Society. He comes to Regent College most recently from his role as Principal of The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Garber completed his PhD in the Philosophy of Learning at Pennsylvania State University, focusing on the connection between belief and behaviour. His dissertation led to the publication of his first book, The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behaviour. He served for many years on the faculty of the American Studies Program in Washington, D.C., and his contribution to the book, Faith Goes to Work: Reflections from the Marketplace, was born of that institution’s unique learning-and-living vision for the moral meaning of higher education. More recently, Dr. Garber drew on his work at the Washington Institute and years of thinking about the nature of calling and career to author Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good.
Dr. Garber’s conviction that faith must be held together with every part of life has led him to engage deeply in a variety of contexts. He is an advisor and consultant for a diverse range of businesses, foundations, and educational institutions including Demdaco Corporation, Mars Corporation, Murdock Trust, Blood:Water Mission, and Telos Group. His long commitment to the conviction that culture is upstream from politics led him to contribute to the book Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalog and inspired him to participate in the founding of Wedgwood Circle.
A native of the great valleys of Colorado and California, Steve is married to Meg. They have five adult children whose own callings have taken them all over the world.
Education as Formation is available as a twelve-hour online Professional Learning course designed for educators working at Proficient level. The course has been designed to give you access to some of the current thinking on the formation of the individual teacher and student, as well as institutional formation. It is specifically designed for teachers professing a faith, as the research incorporates the concept of spiritual coherence as a key contributor to formation.
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