Expanding the Theological Classroom

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<jats:p>Disability, ableism, and universal design for learning continue to be under-investigated areas in the context of theological education. This essay considers the history of accessibility and disability in theological education, highlighting pressing considerations for contemporary theological educators. Offering a case study of a course in Christian ethics with degree-seeking Duke Divinity School students and community learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities, this essay analyzes both challenges and supports for the participation of diverse students in theological education. In conversation with scholars in the areas of disability studies and inclusive pedagogy, this essay also offers some best practices in relationship to disability and universal design for learning within a theological framework for education.</jats:p>






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Barton, Sarah (n.d.). Expanding the Theological Classroom. The Wabash Center Journal on Teaching, 2(1). 10.31046/wabashcenter.v2i1.1704 Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/22856.

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Sarah Jean Barton

Assistant Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Theological Ethics

You can order my bookBecoming the Baptized Body: Disability and the Practice of Christian Community, from Baylor University Press or your local bookstore!

I hold a dual appointment in the School of Medicine and Duke Divinity School. My primary areas of scholarship include Christian theology and ethics, disability studies, accessible education, and occupational therapy. I focus on participatory research methodologies in partnership with people experiencing intellectual disabilities.


Doctor of Theology
Certificate in Reflective and Faithful Teaching
Duke Divinity School (Durham, NC, USA), 2014 - 2019 

Master of Theological Studies
summa cum laude, Certificate in Anglican Studies
Duke Divinity School (Durham, NC, USA), 2012-2014

Master of Science
Occupational Therapy, Pi Theta Epsilon
Boston University (Boston, MA, USA), 2009-2012

Bachelor of Science
magna cum laude, Biology
Seattle Pacific University (Seattle, WA, USA), 2005-2009

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