Training in biblically integrated instruction paired with coaching results in significant improvement in lesson planning and teaching.
Current Problems in Coaching with Biblical Integration
The experimental study I recently examined was the impact of coaching on teachers’ application of biblically integrated instruction. Biblically integrated instruction, a distinguishing feature of Christian education, contributes to the spiritual formation process within students.
Studies have shown teachers often lack knowledge, confidence, or skill related to the application of biblically integrated instruction. The problem appears to be a poor understanding among Christian educators about what is considered biblically integrated instruction, as well as how to implement biblically integrated instruction. Administrators also report a lack of professional knowledge on their part to provide training in biblically integrated instruction.
A second problem related to biblically integrated instruction is an absence of professional development for teachers and administrators in biblically integrated instructional knowledge, implementation methods, and instructional proficiency.
A control and an experimental school from the Mid-America Region of ACSI were designated for the study. Eleven teachers from the control school and 13 teachers from the experimental school received training for biblically integrated instruction, while the experimental group also received coaching. A questionnaire, instructional plan rubric, and classroom observation rubric were used to collect data and analyze teachers’ instructional application of biblically integrated instruction.
The Importance of Coaching with Biblical Integration
Coached teachers demonstrated positive mean gains on all indicators, and demonstrated statistically significant differences in perceptions and application of lesson planning, and instructional praxis of biblically integrated instruction compared to non-coached teachers.
Non-coached teachers demonstrated negative mean gain scores on a number of rubric indicators for the application of biblically integrated instruction.
Coaching with biblical integration is key for helping teachers lead and instruct students to develop Biblical worldviews. This is the passion and mission behind the services we provide at Transformed PD. We would love to work with your educators with guidance on their Christ-centered coaching and Biblical integration in the classroom. You can learn more about our services utilizing the PAQ Method on our Transformed PD Services page.