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How Do Students Learn Theology?

Saines, Don (2009) How Do Students Learn Theology? Teaching Theology and Religion. pp. 333-347. ISSN 1467- 9647

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    This paper explores the way students learn theology through a small qualitative
    research project. It is undertaken in conversation with current higher education
    learning theory. This learning theory suggests that it is important to discover how a
    student conceptualizes learning and how they perceive the teaching environment. Students interviewed increasingly spoke of the value of this academic or more cognitive side of learning as they learned “deep approaches.” Important in this movement to deep, transformational learning was the presence of a relational teaching environment in which peers and teachers played a crucial role. This present study offers support to the view that the tradition of the learning community remains important for deploying deep approaches to the learning of theology in higher education. The paper argues that these relational principals of teaching and learning remain important in the face of the increased use of technology-based tools and other pedagogical challenges to theological
    education today.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): learning theory, student-centred, deep learning, theology, education, teaching
    Fields of Research: 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
    22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2299 Other Philosophy and Religious Studies > 229999 Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
    Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930499 School/Institution not elsewhere classified
    Type of Activity: Applied Research
    Subject Area(s): D - Education Studies
    A - Humanities, general
    D - Religious Education
    Association with University of Divinity: TRC: Trinity College
    Depositing User: Rev Dr Donald G Saines
    Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2017 14:42
    Last Modified: 21 Mar 2017 14:42
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2249

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