EDU600 Glossary

These are the terms you will learn and use throughout this course.

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Active learning

Process whereby students are actively involved in learning (contrasted with passive learning). Students are engaged in activities such as discussion, problem solving, debating, reading, and writing in order to promote a deeper interaction with and application of class content.

Affective domain

Learning that focuses on the "heart." Addresses feelings, attitudes, values, motivation, or emotion. 

The three areas, or domains, that must be present for effective learning to occur are: cognitive, psychomotor, affective.



The practice of making all life decisions based on the teachings of the Bible. Any endeavor or course of study that acknowledges and submits to the authoritative norms or principles found in God's Word.


Adherence to the letter of the bible. To interpret the Bible literally.



That appointment or vocation to which we have been appointed by God. The Christian has many callings in life (e.g. father/mother, career, student, saint - I Corinthians 1:1-2). In fact, for the Christian, all of life is a calling. Ephesians 4:1 "I therefore...urge you to walk (live life) in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called..."


A disciple or follower of Christ. One who trusts in Christ alone, by grace alone, through faith alone to receive the gift of salvation.

Ephesians 2:8 "By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God...”


Learning that focuses on the "head."  Addresses the acquisition of knowledge and the development of intellectual skills.

The three areas, or domains, that must be present for effective learning to occur are: cognitive, psychomotor, affective.

Collaborative learning community

A group of people coming together to learn from each other, to provide feedback and motivation, and to work toward a common goal. Cooperation, rather than competition is essential. Opposite of working in isolation.

Common grace

God’s grace extends to all inhabitants on the earth. The bounty of this earth, the rain and the seasons, plant life and animals, are freely available to be studied and used. By God's common grace, scholars within each intellectual tradition (disciplines such as mathematics, science, history, language arts, sociology, etc.) have uncovered valuable insights—truths—about God's creation. Unfortunately, sinful man often interprets these findings in a way that distorts the truth and denies the existence of the Creator, so biblical discernment is required (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Compare and Contrast

A teaching strategy that encourages students to examine objects (countries, philosophies, books, etc.) and identify similarities and differences (How are they alike and how they are different?).

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