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Book: Constructing Data in Religious Studies

Chapter: 17. Teaching: Teaching in the Ideological State of Religious Studies: Notes Towards a Pedagogical Future

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.34181


Higher education in North America increasingly implores teachers to adopt frameworks of values education, pre-professional student-learning, and assessment backed by the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Teacher-scholars in religious studies have reason to question whether such initiatives put a critical understanding of our data at odds with the ideological state apparatuses within which our institutions are situated. Thinking with the work of Louis Althusser, this chapter historicizes classroom tensions and outlines an alternative way for theoretically-minded scholars to negotiate the task of pedagogy.

Chapter Contributors

  • Richard Newton ( - rnewton5306) 'Elizabethtown College'