3b i).Project method
A project method has been defined by Callahan and Clark (1990) as any unit of activity, individual or group, involving the investigation and solution of problems that is planned and carried to conclusion by a student or students under the guidance of the teacher. It focuses on the need of providing opportunities for full involvement of the child in learning by allowing free interaction with situations in real life. As a result, the child develops into a decent worthwhile citizen.
Possible project areas in Religious Education
Covenant making in the Old Testament in African traditional society and in the modem society.
Rites of passage in various African communities represented in class and their role in inculcating moral values.
- Religious specialists in various African communities in Kenya and their relevance today.
- African moral values with reference to communities represented in class.
- The teachings of Jesus according to the Gospel of Luke and their relevance to Christians.
- The teachings of Mohammed and their relevance to Muslims.
- The miracles of Jesus according to the Gospel of Luke and their relevance to Christians.
- The parables of Jesus according to the Gospel of Luke and their relevance to Christians.
- Compare and contrast the teachings of Old Testament prophets (Amos, Jeremiah) on social and religious evils of their times and evil in Kenya today.
- Compare and contrast the teachings of Old Testament prophets (Amos, Jeremiah) on God’s judgment on sin and its relevance today.
- Compare and contrast the teachings from Nehemiah’s life to St. Luke’s gospel and a Christian life today.
- Compare and contrast Christian and African approach to human sexuality, marriage and family.
- Effects of irresponsible sexual behaviour today.
- The effects of cultural practices on the spread of HIV/AIDS. Specific areas to be investigated in the learners’ locality are: widow inheritance, polygamy, sex for ritual purposes. Other doorways for HIV/AIDS are tattooing, ear piercing, involvement in traditional healing and witchcraft; communal shaving after a funeral, shaving of anew born, traditional circumcision and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
- Effects of local brews, bang, miraa on the spread of HIV/AIDS.
- Caring for people living with HIV/AIDS in the family and neighborhood according to Jesus teaching on love.
- Role of devil worship in the spread of HIV/AIDS in schools and the community.