ACU Fundamentals – A brief overview presents the unique fundamentals of the ACU Education Philosophy. Topics will include: the Grand Narrative Framework; the Creeds/Confessions; the Puritan Directive; Discernment; the Classical Influence (e.g., Socratic Method, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Disputatio, Personal Assessment, Aesthetics); the Mentor-Cohort Model; Discipleship Focus; the Cultural Mandate and Student Labour; African Emphasis; Team Thesis Projects; and, Christian Scholarship.
Creedal/Confessional Influence & Syllabi Development – The historic tradition of the Christian faith is preserved in the orthodox creeds and confessions which lead to proper orthopraxy in the Christian life. Foundational to ACU curriculum development in all academic disciplines is the effort to derive knowledge from a well-formed doctrinal understanding. The creeds and confessions are presented as ideal tools to advance abilities in designing such curriculum. Syllabi development is a critical skill which defines course curriculum, its intent and the outcome goals. This will be developed and put into practice beginning in this workshop.
African Traditional Religious Influence – An African worldview is rooted in the influence of African Traditional Religion. Examination of this in juxtaposition with the Biblical worldview greatly informs an education philosophy subservient to Spirit-led transformation of student thinking and doing. The goal is to equip African students in biblical-grounded discernment to develop them in practiced, cultural impact.
Classical Influence – Exercising discernment between good and evil requires practice in applying God’s Word to the decisions that one continually faces. The classic literature develops a student’s thinking from the roots of knowledge development in the worldview contexts of their emergence. Critical thinking and discernment from such a liberal arts and science foundation produces clear and principled thinkers who will truly stand out in the growing relativism and confusion of this age.
Pedagogy in the African, Christian Context – The Christian university classroom greatly differs from the secular classroom. The Christian ethos is keenly experienced through the student-instructor relationship. Developing the expression of faith through the practice of teaching is unique to the Christian instructor. As Paul expressed to Timothy, “You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, … .” ACU seeks to facilitate the development of faculty members in such pedagogical practice.
Cultural Mandate & Student Labour – A man-centered “gospel” has permeated Africa with a glaring failure that the church must address. ACU’s holistic education approach is intended to equip those in Christ with an “already”-kingdom mindset clearly expressing God’s mission. This orients them to apply their education toward fulfilling the cultural mandate through the wise stewardship of their gifts, talents, abilities and knowledge in efficiently utilising the resources of God’s creation for benevolent benefit to society and the glory of God.
Contributing to African History – The extreme dearth of written African history presents a challenge that every Christian scholar should attempt to address in any area of research and communication undertaken. This workshop will present approaches to inculcate such endeavours in whatever academic discipline practiced to allow Christian scholarly work to make a unique and important contribution to the development of the African mind for Christ.
Development of Writers & Researchers – As Christian scholars our faith should deeply inform our work. Scholarship is a work of the mind that should fuel the work of the hands. This workshop is intended to inspire all Christian academicians toward the gruelling and rewarding work of developing and passing on knowledge that will benevolently impact the world now and enhance the following generations for the glory of God.