Research Repository

University Crest

How Do Students Learn Theology?

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


Download (99kB) | Preview


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: 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
Subjects: D - Education Studies
A - Humanities, general
D - Religious Education
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Mr Mark Carey
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2017 03:42
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 04:07
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2796

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Document Downloads

More statistics for this item...