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Australian Theological Education:Issues for the AUQA Audit Process?

Sherlock, Charles H. (2009) Australian Theological Education:Issues for the AUQA Audit Process? In: AUQF2009 Internal & External Quality Assurance: Tensions & Synergies, 1-3 July 2009, Alice Springs.


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Theological education has functioned in Australia for over 150 years, but until the 1970s largely operated in ‘parallel’ to the universities. In the last decade it has grown and diversified; theological institutions are now playing a role in higher education generally.
An AUQA audit is primarily concerned with the quality assurance of a tertiary institution’s educational goals, which necessitates not only issues of pedagogy, but human resources, governance and viability. For theological HEPs, these matters have a distinctive flavour, due to the long heritage of theological education, and varying degrees of church support and accountability. In particular, the educational ethos of most theological institutions seeks to engage students in learning within a context of academic freedom that takes explicit account of their formation as persons open to a Christian worldview.
This paper seeks to explicate these issues, and offer suggestions as to how theology HEPs may appropriately be assessed for quality assurance through the AUQA process. It will be based on insights gained both from the Uncovering Theology project, and the experience of HEPs which have undergone an AUQA audit.

Item Type: Conference Papers (Paper)
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: theological education, formative education, academic freedom
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Religious Education
College/Association with University of Divinity: Other University of Divinity
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2014 04:39
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2014 04:39
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1650

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