Religious Studies and Theology, Vol 38, No 1-2 (2019)

Reflections on Learning with Michel Desjardins

Meena Sharify-Funk, Elysia Guzik
Issued Date: 14 May 2019


This paper highlights Michel Desjardins' creative and critical approach to teaching religion and culture (often through experiments and experiences of travel, gardening, and food) through former students' reflections on learning with Michel. By organizing a collection of former students' insights into Michel's persona, pedagogy, and influence, this paper celebrates his career as a professor who enriched the lives of many students, and inspires readers to think deeply about how they teach and learn about religion and culture.

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DOI: 10.1558/rsth.38711


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