Research on innovative learning environments for religious education

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Start Date: 
Fri, 11/01/1991
End Date: 
Sat, 12/31/1994

The Chinook Learning Community, located on Whidbey Island in Washington, is dedicated to the creation of learning programs and environments in religious education that focus on the interface between personal spiritual development and social issues. Its unique contribution to religious education has been in creating an alternative learning environment which stresses context as well as content. Through this effort, the Chinook staff critically reflected upon its twenty-year history and prepared a book manuscript for publication. The goal was to provide a portrait of this and other alternative educational settings that will assist other religious educators and learning centers. The project included: interviews with 20 individuals who have participated in Chinook as students, faculty, or long-term associates; a symposium to analyze the contributions of Chinook to religious education; and visits to other learning centers to examine their methods and contexts for creating alternative religious environments.