David Smith, Professor
Director of Graduate Studies in Education
Director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian
Teaching and Learning
393 Spoelhof Center
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- B.A. University of Oxford, UK (Honors)
- P.G.C.E. University of Nottingham, UK
- M. Phil. F. Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto, Canada
- Ph.D. Institute of Education, University of London, UK
- Dissertation: Modern language pedagogy, spiritual development and Christian faith: A study of their interrelationships
My work focuses on the intersection between Christian faith and educational practice. I have focused particularly on world language pedagogy in relation to moral and spiritual development, the work of John Amos Comenius, the 17th century educator, and the relevance of virtue ethics and social practice theory for thinking about teaching and learning as forms of Christian practice. I have also published work in philosophy of education and in modern German literature. I currently teach courses in curriculum and pedagogy.
- NACFLA member
- Visiting Professor, Faculty of Education, Canterbury Christchurch University, Canterbury, UK, 2013-2016
- Innovative Teaching Award, Calvin College, 2012
- Teaching and Christian Imagination. (with Susan Felch, Barbara Carvill, Kurt Schaefer, Tim Steele, John Witvliet). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, in press.
- Teaching and Christian practices: Reshaping faith and learning. (ed. With James K. A. Smith). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011.
- Learning from the Stranger: Christian Faith and Cultural Diversity. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans (2009).
- Teaching Spiritually Engaged Reading. (ed. With John Shortt and John Sullivan) Nottingham: The Stapleford Centre (2007).
- Making Sense of Spiritual Development in Religious Observance and the Wider Curriculum. (with Alison Farnell) Nottingham: The Stapleford Centre (2007).
- Spirituality, Social Justice and Language Learning. (ed. with Terry Osborn) Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing, 2007.
- Spirituality, Justice and Pedagogy. (ed. with John Shortt and John Sullivan) Nottingham: The Stapleford Centre, 2006.
- The Bible and the Task of Teaching. Nottingham: The Stapleford Centre (2002). (Spanish translation to be published 2009).
- The Spirit of the Foreign Language Classroom. Nottingham: The Stapleford Centre (2001).
- Charis Francais, Unités A1-A4. (Charis Modern Languages Writing Team (CMLT)) Nottingham: The Stapleford Centre (2000).
- Charis Deutsch, Einheiten A1-A4. (CMLT) Nottingham: The Stapleford Centre (2000).
- The Gift of the Stranger: Faith, Hospitality and Foreign Language Learning. (D. Smith and B. Carvill) Grand Rapids: Eerdmans (2000). (Russian translation published 2005).
- Making Sense of Spiritual Development. Nottingham: The Stapleford Centre (1999).
- Charis Deutsch, Einheiten 6-10. (CMLT) Nottingham: The Stapleford Centre (1998).
- Charis Francais, Unités 6-10. (CMLT) Nottingham: The Stapleford Centre (1998).
- Entry Points for Christian Reflection in Education. (P. MacKenzie, A. Farnell, A. Holt and D. Smith) London: CARE for Education (1997).
- Charis Deutsch, Einheiten 1-5. (CMLT) St Albans: ACT (1996).
- Charis Français, Unités 1-5. (CMLT) St Albans: ACT (1996).
- Teaching Modern Languages: A Fresh Approach to the National Curriculum. St Albans: ACT (1994).
- ‘Foreign Languages,’ in K. Goodlet and J. Collier, eds., Teaching Well: Insights for Educators in Christian Schools. Canberra, Australia: Barton Books, 2014, 383 – 394.
- ‘A Working Bibliography: Faith and Language Teaching,’ in Mary Shepard Wong, Carolyn Kristjansson & Zoltan Dornyei, Christian Faith and English Language Teaching and Learning: Research on the Interrelationship of Religion and ELT, London: Routledge, 2012, 235-266.
- ‘Frameworks for Investigating Faith and ESL: A Response to Snow, Lessard-Clouston, and Baurain,’ in Mary Shepard Wong, Carolyn Kristjansson & Zoltan Dornyei, Christian Faith and English Language Teaching and Learning: Research on the Interrelationship of Religion and ELT, London: Routledge, 2012, 154-164.
- ‘Shouting at your Neighbor: Why We Bother with Other People’s Languauges,’ in Gary Schmidt & Matthew Walhout, Practically Human: College Professors Speak from the Heart of Humanities Education, Grand Rapids: Calvin College Press, 2012, 133-145.
- ‘Reading Practices and Christian Pedagogy: Enacting Charity with texts’ in D. I. Smith & J. K. A. Smith (Eds.), Teaching and Christian practices: Reshaping faith and learning, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011, 43-60.
- ‘Introduction: Practices, faith, and pedagogy’ in D. I. Smith & J. K. A. Smith (Eds.), Teaching and Christian practices: Reshaping faith and learning, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011, 1-23.
- ‘Recruiting students' imaginations: Prospects and pitfalls of practices’ in D. I. Smith & J. K. A. Smith (Eds.), Teaching and Christian practices: Reshaping faith and learning, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011, 211-223.
- ‘Teaching (and Learning from) the White Rose’ in David M. Moss & Terry A. Osborn, Critical Essays on Resistance in Education (Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education) New York: Peter Lang, 2010, 67-82.
- ‘The Spiritual Ecology of Second Language Pedagogy’ in Mary Shepherd Wong and Suresh Canagarajah (eds.), Christian and Critical Language Educators in Dialogue: Pedagogical and Ethical Dilemmas New York: Routledge, 2009, 242-254.
- ‘Biblical Imagery and Educational Imagination: Comenius and the Garden of Delight’ in David Lyle Jeffrey and C. Stephen Evans (eds). The Bible and the University (Scripture and Hermeneutics Series 8) Milton Keynes/Grand Rapids: Paternoster/Zondervan 2007, 188-215.
- ‘Reading, Spiritual Engagement, and the Shape of Teaching’ (with J. Shortt) in D. I. Smith, J. Shortt & J. Sullivan (eds.), Teaching Spiritually Engaged Reading, Nottingham: The Stapleford Centre (2007): 5-11.
- ‘Misreading Through the Eyes of Faith: Christian Students’ Reading Strategies as Interlanguage’ in D. I. Smith, J. Shortt & J. Sullivan (eds.), Teaching Spiritually Engaged Reading, Nottingham: The Stapleford Centre (2007): 53-66.
- 'Die Zurücknahme der Schöpfung: Die Theologie des Mordes in Marlen Haushofers Die Wand' in O.Berwald & G. Thuswaldner (eds.) Der untote Gott: Religion und Ästhetik in der deutschen und österreichischen Literatur des 20. Jahrhunderts, Köln/Weimar/Wien: Böhlau (2007): 129-143.
- ‘Spirituality and Language Pedagogy: A Survey of Recent Developments’ in D. I. Smith & T. A. Osborn (eds.) Spirituality, Social Justice and Language Learning, Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing (2007): 13-29.
- ‘Moral Agency, Spirituality and the Language Classroom’ in D. I. Smith & T. A. Osborn (eds.) Spirituality, Social Justice and Language Learning, Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing (2007): 33-50.
- ‘Of Log Cabins, Fallen Bishops and Tenacious Parents: (Auto)biographical Narrative and the Spirituality of Language Learning’ (with K. Avila, S. De Young & A. Uyaguari) in D. I. Smith & T. A. Osborn (eds.) Spirituality, Social Justice and Language Learning, Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing (2007): 107-129.
- ‘Dialogue, Spirituality, and Voice: Verburg and Bakhtin on Speaking and Hearing’ in D. I. Smith & T. A. Osborn (eds.) Spirituality, Social Justice and Language Learning, Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing (2007): 155-170.
- ‘Does God dwell in the Detail? How Faith Affects (Language) Teaching Processes.’ In R. Edlin & J. Ireland (eds.) Engaging the Culture: Christians at Work in Education, Blacktown, NSW: NICE (2006): 131-152.
- ‘The Charis Project: Spiritual and Moral Development Across the Curriculum.’ In R. Sutcliffe (ed.), Teaching and Learning about Values: Resources in the Developing Curriculum, London: VEC (2000): 29-36.
- ‘Spirituality and Teaching Methods: Uneasy Bedfellows?’ in R. Best (ed.) Education for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development. London, Continuum (2000):52-67.
- ‘Modern Languages.’ (with S. Dobson) In S. Bigger & E. Brown (eds). Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education: Exploring Values in the Curriculum. London: David Fulton (1999): 98-108.
- ‘Culture, Conflict & Communication: The Troubled Waters of Modern Language Pedagogy.’ In D. Blomberg & I. Lambert (eds.), Reminding: Renewing the Mind in Learning. Sydney: CSAC (1998): 52-76.
- ‘Beyond Yesterday: Facing the Challenge of Educational Change.’ In J. G. Shortt & T. Cooling (eds.), Agenda for Educational Change, Leicester: Apollos (1997): 24-38.
Articles in peer-reviewed journals
- ‘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.
- ‘The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in A Christian Context,’ (with Joonyong Um & Claudia D. Beversluis) Christian Higher Education, 13:1, 2014, 74-87.
- ‘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.
- 'Coral Gardens and Classroom Ecology', Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages 7, Spring 2006, 87-90.
- ‘Technology and Pedagogical Meaning: Lessons from the Language Classroom’, Christian Scholar’s Review 33:4 (2004), 511-526.
- ‘The Poet, the Child and the Blackbird: Aesthetic Reading and Spiritual Development’, International Journal of Children’s Spirituality 9:2 (2004): 143-154.
- ‘Contours of Religion, Scholarship and Higher Education: A Review Essay’, Journal of Education and Christian Belief 7:2 (2003): 157-169.
- 'Spiritual Development in the Language Classroom: Interpreting the National Curriculum,' Language Learning Journal 26 (2002): 36-42.
- 'Incarnation, Education and the Boundaries of Metaphor,' Journal of Christian Education 45:1 (2002): 7-18.
- ‘The Bible and education: Ways of construing the relationship,’ Themelios 26:2 (2001):29-42; reprinted in Journal of Education and Christian Belief 5:2 (2001):119-133.
- ‘Gates Unlocked and Gardens of Delight: Comenius on Piety, Persons and Language Learning,’ Christian Scholar’s Review 30:2(2000): 207-232.
- ‘Metaphor, Scripture and education,’ (with J. Shortt, T. Cooling) Journal of Christian Education 43(1) (2000): 22-28.
- ‘Faith and Method in Foreign Language Pedagogy,’ Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages 1 (2000): 7-25.
- ‘Secularism, Religion and Spiritual Development.’ Journal of Beliefs and Values 21:1 (2000):27-38.
- ‘Cross-curricular Spiritual and Moral Development: Reflections on the Charis Project.’ Journal of Christian Education 42:2 (1999):27-34.
- ‘Knowing as Wisdom in Blomberg and Comenius.’ Journal of Education and Christian Belief 2:1 (1998): 27-37.
- ‘In Search of the Whole Person: Critical Reflections on Community Language Learning.’ Journal of Research on Christian Education 6:2 (1997): 159-181.
- ‘Beyond Accord: Can ‘Spiritual Development' Move us Forward?’ Journal of Education and Christian Belief 1:1 (1997): 33-46.
- ‘Communication and Integrity: Moral Development and Modern Languages.’ Language Learning Journal 15 (1997): 31-35.
- ‘What Hope After Babel? Diversity and Community in Gen 11:1‑9, Exod 1:1‑14, Zeph 3:1‑13 and Acts 2:1‑13.’ Horizons in Biblical Theology 18:2 (1996):169‑191.
- ‘Rediscovering a Heritage: Lull, Bacon and the Aims of Language Teaching.’ Spectrum 28:1 (1996): 9‑28.
- ‘Christian Thinking in Education Reconsidered.’ Spectrum 27:1 (1995): 9‑24.
- ‘Can Modern Language Teaching Be Christian?’ Spectrum 25:1 (1993): 25‑38.
Reviews and Other Articles
- ‘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.
- ‘Learning from the Stranger, or Settling for Tourism?’ Christian School Teacher, Spring 2008, 11-13.
- 'How not to bless the nations', Perspectives, December 2005, 6-11.
- ‘Commentary.’ Third Way 22:4 (1999), 20; and 23:9 (2000), 22.
- ‘For Profit, Pleasure and Power? Cultural Diversity and the Mixed Motives of Foreign Language Education.’ Pro Rege 36:4 (1998), 1-13.
- Various editorial articles for the Journal of Education and Christian Belief and the Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages
- Over 20 popular articles on modern language teaching and Christian education
- Over 25 reviews of books in the field of Christian education and language education for various journals, including Journal of Education and Christian Belief, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, Calvin Theological Journal, Journal of Christian Education
- Also various popular articles. See, for example, this article on foreign language textbooks.
Originally a native of the United Kingdom, I have also studied in Canada and taught in Germany. Before moving to Calvin I worked as a researcher and teacher educator at the Stapleford Centre, a Christian educational institute in Nottingham, UK. There I was involved in an extensive curriculum project which produced, among other things, foreign language course materials designed to encourage the moral and spiritual development of learners; I have since been involved in various other curriculum initiatives, including www.whatiflearning.com. I have taught German, French and Russian in high schools in the UK, and served for a time on the executive committee of the Values Education Council of the United Kingdom. I have served as an editor of Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages and am currently editor of the International Journal of Christianity and Education (formerly the Journal of Education and Christian Belief, now merged with the Journal of Christian Education). As well as teaching in the education program I also direct the Kuyers Institute, which is focused on scholarly work at the intersection of faith and pedagogy.