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This project thesis was intended to develop a Christian education curriculum that would assist Christian organizations using the Alternative Learning system in the Philippines to effectively integrate biblical education and spiritual formation into the educational service they provide to out-of-school youth. It was intended to complement and enhance the ALS curriculum by applying adult learning methods to biblical content in order to provide a more holistic education for young people who have left the formal school system, with the goal of seeing their lives transformed. Through my own observations and the perceptions of a focus group consisting of experienced ALS providers, the educational and the spiritual needs of ALS learners were described and the felt needs of the providers themselves were determined. The needs of the learners related primarily to their identity and outlook on life, their lack of biblical knowledge and their need for a life-transforming relationship with God through Christ. The focus group felt a need for a Christian education and values formation curriculum designed for use with ALS learners that, while reinforcing the objectives of the ALS curriculum, would directly address the learners' above-mentioned needs, be Bible-based and have enough flexibility to be adaptable to the variations in ALS learning centers. These findings were considered in light of the literature review which explored aspects of the adult education philosophy of the ALS curriculum and spiritual formation theory and practice. Other Christian education curriculum resources were examined in light of the felt needs and, though deemed less than ideal for the context themselves, contributed in various ways to this study. A discovery Bible study format derived from the Praxis Cycle of John C. Lai which emphasized interpretation, application and reflection through group discussion was designed and applied to a series of forty-four chronological Bible stories. Once an initial draft of the curriculum resources were nearing completion, samples of the facilitator orientation materials and lesson guides were distributed to the focus group and other ALS practitioners for analysis and application, and a survey was distributed to collect their feedback. It was not possible for the curriculum resources to be thoroughly tested during the course of this study. However, based on the responses of the ALS providers who evaluated the sample materials, it seems the curriculum, entitled Exploring God's story: a spiritual formation curriculum for youth based on chronological Bible stories from Genesis to Revelation has potential to achieve the desired outcomes.
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This collection contains the theses in fulfillment of the degree of Master of Arts in Religious Education at Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary.