Christian teachers are often encouraged to use Jesus’ teaching strategies as models for their own pedagogy. Jesus frequently utilized analogical comparisons, or parables, to help his learners understand elements of his Gospel message. Although teachers can use analogical models to facilitate comprehension, such models also can sow the seeds of confusion and misconception. Recent advances in cognitive psychology have provided new theoretical frameworks to help us understand how instructional analogies function in the teaching-learning process. The goal of this paper is to analyze Jesus’ analogical teaching from these psychological perspectives, with implications for all teachers who utilize instructional analogies. In addition to reviewing basic analogical learning processes, I explore a six-variable model to account systematically for potential analogical misconceptions.
Zook, Kevin B. Ph.D.
"Teaching and Learning by Analogy: Psychological Perspectives on the Parables of Jesus,"
International Christian Community of Teacher Educators Journal: Vol. 6
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/icctej/vol6/iss1/4