David I. Smith
- Dr. David I. Smith
Director, Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning
Coordinator, De Vries Institute for Global Faculty Development
- Education, Master of Education, The de Vries Institute, Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning
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- BA University of Oxford, UK (Honors)
- PGCE University of Nottingham, UK
- MPhilF Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto, Canada
- PhD Institute of Education, University of London, UK
- (Dissertation: Modern language pedagogy, spiritual development and Christian faith: A study of their interrelationships)
I began my career teaching French, German, and Russian in public secondary schools in the United Kingdom, where I became fascinated by the question of how our beliefs, values, and commitments can shape and guide our approaches to teaching and learning. After graduate work in philosophical theology, philosophy of education, and curriculum studies I moved to Calvin. I serve as the founding Director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning and inaugural coordinator of the De Vries Institute for Global Faculty Development, as well as teaching in the education program. I also serve as Editor of the International Journal of Christianity and Education. I am regularly involved nationally and internationally in professional development for schools, colleges, and universities, especially focusing on the connection between faith and teaching. I have received Calvin University’s Award for Innovative Teaching as well as its From Every Nation Award for Excellence in Teaching. You can find out more about what I do at onchristianteaching.com.
- Christianity and education in both P-12 and higher education.
- The relationship between Christian practices and pedagogical practices.
- The role of theologically informed metaphors in education.
- Foreign language pedagogy, particularly in relation to moral and spiritual development and Christian philosophy of education.
- The thought of John Amos Comenius, the 17th century educator.
- Digital technology and learning, especially in the context of Christian education.
Teaching and Christian Imagination
by David I. Smith, Susan M. Felch
Published: December 26, 2015
Digital Life Together: The Challenge of Technology for Christian Schools
by David I. Smith, Kara Sevensma, Marjorie Terpstra, Steven C. McMullen
Published: May 5, 2020
On Christian Teaching: Practicing Faith in the Classroom
by David I. Smith
Published: May 28, 2018
Christians and Cultural Difference
by David I. Smith, Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim
Published: June 1, 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-937555-16-0
John Amos Comenius: A Visionary Reformer of Schools
by David Smith
Published: September 1, 2017
Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith and Learning
by David I. Smith, James K. A. Smith
Published: October 10, 2011
Learning from the Stranger: Christian Faith and Cultural Diversity
Published: June 9, 2009
Spirituality, Social Justice,and Language Learning in Contemporary Language Education
by David I. Smith, Terry A. Osborn
Published: February 1, 2007
- "Grace Floats in the Air." Faith, Formation, and Pedagogical Design. In Bram de Muynck and Roel Kuiper (eds), Faithful Efforts: Formation, Education, and the Church. Kampen: Summum, 2021, pp. 23-36.
- “It would be good to have a Paradise.” Comenius on Learners Past and Present.’ Forthcoming in Jan Hábl (Ed.), Comenius’s Project of Restoration of Human Affairs: Utopianism or Realism?, Czech edition: Pavel Mervart Publ., Červený Kostelec; English edition: Culture and Science Publ., Bonn, 2020.
- ‘Just in Time: Some Reflections on Wait Time and “Knowing When.”’ Forthcoming in a Festschrift to be published by Wipf and Stock, in the ICS Currents in Reformational Thought series, 2019.
- ‘“Religious Faith” and “Pedagogical Practice”: Extending the Map. A Response to Brown, Sharma and Vandrick.’ In Mary Shepard Wong & Ahmar Mahboob (eds.) Spirituality and English Language Teaching: Religious Explorations of Teacher Identity, Pedagogy and Context. Bristol: Multilingual Matters, 2018, 119-127.
- ‘Vocation, Stewardship, and Teaching: A Hopeful Response.’ In T. Laine Scales and Jennifer L. Howell (eds.), Christian Faith and University Life: Stewards of the Academy. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave MacMillan, 2017, 269-280.
- ‘John Amos Comenius: Teaching All Things to All People,’ (with J. Dudley), in Elmer Towns and Benjamin Forrest (eds.) A Legacy of Religious Educators: Historical and Theological Introductions. Lynchburg, VA: Liberty University Press, 2017, 205-223.
- ‘“Religious faith” and “pedagogical practice” – Extending the Map. A Response to Brown, Sharma and Vandrick,’ in: Mary Shepard Wong and Ahmar Mahboob (eds), Spirituality & Language Teaching: Religious Explorations of Teacher Identity, Pedagogy, Context, and Content. London: Routledge, 2017.
- ‘Bible, Relationship of Education to the,’ in George T. Kurkurian and Mark M. Lamport (eds) Encyclopedia of Christian Education 3 vols. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, (2015): 142-143.
- ‘Canonical Criticism, Educational Model of,’ in George T. Kurkurian and Mark M. Lamport (eds) Encyclopedia of Christian Education 3 vols. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, (2015): 186-187.
- ‘Christian Practice and Christian Education,’ in George T. Kurkurian and Mark M. Lamport (eds) Encyclopedia of Christian Education 3 vols. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, (2015): 1483-1486.
- ‘Comenius, Educational Ideas of,’ in George T. Kurkurian and Mark M. Lamport (eds) Encyclopedia of Christian Education 3 vols. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, (2015): 313-315.
- ‘Hospitality as Christian Practice,’ in George T. Kurkurian and Mark M. Lamport (eds) Encyclopedia of Christian Education 3 vols. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, (2015): 606-607.
- ‘Metaphors for Learning,’ in George T. Kurkurian and Mark M. Lamport (eds) Encyclopedia of Christian Education 3 vols. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, (2015): 799-800.
- ‘Practices as Pedagogy,’ in George T. Kurkurian and Mark M. Lamport (eds) Encyclopedia of Christian Education 3 vols. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, (2015): 975-976.
- ‘Reading as Christian Practice,’ in George T. Kurkurian and Mark M. Lamport (eds) Encyclopedia of Christian Education 3 vols. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, (2015): 1027-1029.
Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals
- "The Development and Validation of the Practicing Faith Survey," Journal of Psychology and Theology, June 2022.
- Smith, D.I., B. Green, M. Kurkechian, A. Cheng. Assessing Christian learning: Towards a practices-based approach to faith, vocation, and assessment. International Journal of Christianity & Education, May 2021.
- ‘Discernment, technology, and digital citizenship in a Christian school system,’ (with Kara Sevensma) in International Journal of Christianity and Education (2019). https://doi.org/10.1177/2056997119868248
- ‘Patterns of Practice and Webs of Belief in the Language Classroom,’ in Journal of Christianity and World Languages 17 (2016), 7-24.
- ‘IJCE and Scholarship on Christianity and Education,’ (with Trevor Cooling) in International Journal of Christianity and Education 19:1 (2015), 2-12.
- ‘The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in A Christian Context,’ (with Joonyong Um & Claudia D. Beversluis) Christian Higher Education, 13:1, 2014, 74-87.
- ‘Teaching is Breaking Bread: Biblical Metaphor, Educational Vision, and Bernard’s Evocation of Learning’, Journal of Christian Education 55:1, May 2012/2013, 29-36.
- ‘Using music and image to raise spiritual and moral questions in the foreign language classroom: Exploring the Söhne Mannheims,’ (with H. De Vries Jr. & F. C. Roberts), Journal of Education and Christian Belief 15(2), 2011, 163-166.
- ‘Hospitality, Language Pedagogy, and Communities of Practice,’ Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages 12, 2011, 29-44.
- ‘On Viewing Learners as Spiritual Beings: Implications for Language Educators’, Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages 9, 2008, 34-48.
Reviews and Other Articles
- Smith, D. I. (2021). Religion and Education: Framing and Mapping a Field. International Journal of Christianity & Education, 25(2).
- ‘Researching digital life together.’ International Journal of Christianity & Education, 23(2): 145–149. https://doi.org/10.1177/2056997119843105
- IJCE and Scholarship on Christianity and Education. International Journal of Christianity and Education 19(1): 2-12. http://ijce.sagepub.com
- Theology and Pedagogy: A Response to Sean Whittle. Journal of Education and Christian Belief 18(2): 207-16.
- 'Religious Faith' and 'Pedagogical Practice: Extending the Map. A Response to Brown, Sharma and Vandrick. In Mary Shepard Wong & Ahmar Mahboob (eds.) Spirituality and English Language Teaching: Religious Explorations of Teacher Identity, Pedagogy and Context,pp. 119-127. Bristol: Multilingual Matters, 2018.
- ‘The history of theological education: An extended review.’ Christian Scholars Review XLVII(1), 2017, 51-57.
- ‘Shadowing Students During Learning: Response,’ Christian Teachers Journal 24:1 (2015): 15.
- ‘Resisting Homework as Solitary Confinement,’ Christian Educators Journal (2015).
- 'Resisting Homework as Solitary Confinement,' Christian Teachers Journal 22:4, 2014, 14-17.
- ‘Why learn languages? A call to Christian educational leaders (with L. Scott & T. Van Til Rusthoven), Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages, 12, 2011, 67-78.
- ‘The School, The Wilderness, and the Garden of Delight’, Christian Teachers Journal 16:2, May 2008, 4-7.
- ‘Christian Practices & the Changing Landscape of Christian Schools,’ ‘Practices Re-imagined: Rethinking the Boring Stuff,’ and ‘Re-imagining Vocation, Practices, and School Assessment,’ International Transforming Education Conference, Adelaide, South Australia, July 15-17, 2019.
- ‘Language Textbooks and the Social Imaginary: The Orbis Pictus and The London Vocabulary as Virtue Narratives,’ Christianity and World Languages conference, Baylor University, Waco, TX, April 4-6, 2019.
- ‘Faith, Imagination, and Curriculum,’ ‘Designing Christian Learning,’ ‘Digital Technology in Christian Schools,’ and ‘Teaching and Christian Imagination: Comenius and the Garden of Delight,’ International Christian Education Conference, Prague, Czechia, April 11-14, 2019.
- “Assessing Christian Learners” lecture, Global Christian School Leadership Summit, San Antonio, TX, January 31, 2019.
- Invited panel presentation, ‘Extending the Dialogue Across Teachers of Multiple Faiths,’ TESOL 2018, Chicago, IL, March 29, 2018.
- Plenary presentation, ‘Education, Imagination, and Christian Practices,’ IAPCHE All Africa Conference, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa, November 8, 2018.
- Plenary presentation, ‘Faith, Formation, and Practices: Pedagogical Questions,’ at a conference on 'Education, Formation and the Church,' Theological University of Kampen, Kampen, Netherlands. August 30, 2018.
- ‘Discernment, Technology, and Teaching: Tracing a School’s Deliberations,’ Kuyers Institute conference on Christian Teaching and Learning: Pathways and Possibilities, Grand Rapids, MI, October 5-7, 2017.
- Public lecture, ‘A world in pictures: What our textbooks tell us about ourselves.’ Calvin College Education Program Forum. Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI. September 28, 2017.
- The Clark Lecture, ‘The World We Think We Live In: Schooling and Christian Imagination,’ Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia, August 17, 2017.
- ‘Theological Imagination and Pedagogical Practice,’ NetVUE Conference on ‘Renewing the Theological Exploration of Vocation,’ Sheraton Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina. March 23-25, 2017.
- The Wheatley Forum Lecture, ‘Faith, Practices, and Vocation: The Life of a Christian Scholar/Teacher,’ Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. March 1, 2017.
- Plenary presentation, ‘Charity, Humility, Justice: Learning to Read and Inviting Virtue,’ Humanities Symposium, Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, PA, February 23, 2017.
- ‘Teach FASTly,’ Global Christian School Leadership Summit, Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, Florida. February 2, 2017.
- Strand plenary, ‘Practices, Pedagogy, and Life Together.’ Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, October 29, 2016.
- ‘Bending Technology for Relevant and Rooted Classroom Practices: Research Findings from a Christian School with One-to-One Technology,’ CEA Convention. South Bend Century Center, South Bend, Indiana. October 20, 2016.
- ‘Teach FASTly: Faith and Science Teaching in the science and Bible classrooms,’ CEA Convention. South Bend Century Center, South Bend, Indiana, October 20, 2016.
- ‘Relevant AND Rooted? Research Findings from a Christian School with One-to-One Technology,’ CEA Convention, South Bend Century Center, South Bend, Indiana, October 20, 2016.
- The Gration Lecture, ‘Christians and Cultural Difference,’ Wheaton College, Chicago, IL, September 29 2016.
- Plenary presentation at Symposion on Het profiel van de christelijke leraar, Driestar Educatief, Gouda, the Netherlands, January 26, 2016.
- 2015 – Present: Senior Editor, International Journal of Christianity and Education.
- 2013 – 2016: Visiting Professor, Faculty of Education, Canterbury Christchurch University, Canterbury, UK.
- www.teachfastly.com – Lead designer and co-author of an extensive online resource for Christian science and religion educators.
- www.whatiflearning.com – Co-author of an extensive online resource for Christian educators.
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