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Education Philosophy

Five Pedagogical Characteristics

1. The Seminar Table: Classes at the SFM take place around the seminar table. Different from the lecture hall, the classroom that gathers around the seminar table is necessarily interactive between faculty and students.

2. An Inquiry-Based Curriculum: The curriculum of the SFM is an inquiry-based curriculum wherein academic material is critically explored by the student body in preparation for and during class time via the leadership of faculty who act as facilitators to the critical inquiry of their students.

3. A Place-Based Curriculum: The ministry contexts for students are seen as sources of a two-way interaction between classroom theory and ministerial practice.

4. An Integrated Curriculum: Recognizing that theology and ministry make an integrated whole, the SFM's curriculum encourages the cross-fertilization of ideas between subject areas.

5. A Skills-Based Curriculum: The cultivation of critical thinking skills for ministry lies at the heart of the SFM's pedagogical philosophy. Successful completion of a course of study at the SFM should result in a student having grown in the use of such skills and an ability to apply them across academic disciplines and in their everyday practice of ministry.

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