The Catechism and the Textbook: A Genealogy of Instructional Interactivity

This presentation traces the origin of Luther’s catechism and its impact on later educational methods, materials and instructional interactivity, using German and American examples from the 16th to the 21st centuries. It begins by briefly describing the history and nature of the catechism prior to Luther, as well as the context from which Luther’s lesser catechism emerged and the nature of this text itself. This then provides the basis for discussing its impact, including its enormous influence within the Reformation itself, and the theoretical and historical interpretations seeking to explain it. Download presentation text.

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