The central protagonist of the Christian faith, Jesus Christ, shares the objective of the Christian faith as it pertains to functional Christian ministry and advancing the mobility of the Christian faith within Christian education in the text Matthew 28:18-20. Within this passage the reader finds themselves enthralled with a Biblical explanation of which elucidates the necessity of being a disciple of Jesus Christ and the sharing of the Gospel message in which addresses the logistical constructs of both the foreign and domestic in the attempts of producing more disciples of Jesus Christ. Ultimately the text explains how disciple making is the major crux of action on the part ...view middle of the document...
Stuart explains that the teaching approach, in which Jesus utilized throughout His ministry, is unrivaled and possesses an enormous influential effect upon the learner (Stewart, 2000).
This Socratic pedagogical methodology of Jesus, in the Scriptures has even been adopted and demonstrated within the writings of His disciples, with it prominently seen within the life of Paul and his Pauline epistles of which ultimately lead to the promotion of sociological transformation. It is this, Socratic methodology, seen within the teachings of both Jesus and His disciples of which led towards the promotion of sociological transformation and therefore has sparked the motivation towards the constructing of the research focus, “Teaching for sociological transformation: The pedagogy of Christian religious education and the need to employ the “Socratic Method” in order to promote sociological transformation within African American communities,” and serves as the research topic of focus of which will be explored within the later developments of the writers desired dissertation.
The estimated total number of African-American churches within the United States of America is 69,738 (Lincoln & Mamiya, 1990), of these an estimated total of 85 percent identify their religious affiliation being that of Christian (Pew Forum on, 2008), and an estimated total of 59 percent identify their belonging to a historically black Protestant church (Vu, 2009). Yet with these statistics pertaining to the religious affiliations of African-Americans there looms a significant level of sociological dissonance in which resides within African-American communities. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics as of August 2013, 13 percent of African-Americans are unemployed (Bureau of Labor, 2013) constituting the highest rate among all races and ethnic minorities from the ages of 16 and over. In addition more than 72 percent of children in the African American community are born out of wedlock (Lemon, 2013). As well, pertaining to sexually transmitted diseases, African American men account for 70 percent of new HIV infections and women account for 30 percent (Center for Disease, 2013).
These horrible statistical realities share a horrific truth, in which communicates that there is indeed a sociological epidemic that is transpiring negatively within the African American community. The question gathered from this is, “What has hindered the African American Christian church’s influence in promote sociological transformation within African American communities?” This research study will seek to discover this sociological quandary of which the suspicion warrants that the issue lies within the pedagogy of Christian religious education and its failure to employ Socratic methodology.
The purpose of this qualitative correlation research study is to determine if the pedagogy of the Socratic Method conducted in Christian education programs...