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Supervised Theological Field Education as Intercultural Conversation : Learning from peer freflection in Australia

Mallaby, Leanne and Tan, Jun (2018) Supervised Theological Field Education as Intercultural Conversation : Learning from peer freflection in Australia. Practical Theology, 11 (4). pp. 287-299. ISSN 1756-0748

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Abstract

The processes of Supervised Theological Field Education in the Australian context were developed in a largely Western educative model, and yet the changing cultural landscape of Melbourne, including the shape of the local church itself, has brought challenge to the way the supervisory processes are managed. Pastoral supervision prioritises experience as the starting point for theological reflection, and experience always occurs in a context. Understanding the context creates potential for insight upon experience and transformation of the individual. Within supervisory relationships, both individual and peer group, serious engagement with culture and intercultural communication needs to take place. The dynamics of reflective communication are complex, so a process of reflection upon the cultural nuances, the nature of power, and perceptions and illusions around cultural dynamics was put in place between the writers of this paper as peer group facilitators. Peer group supervision became a collaborative inter-cultural conversation that prompts theological reflection.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Supervision, intercultural, theological reflection, peer reflection
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: Applied Research
Subjects: D - Education Studies
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 07 May 2019 06:10
Last Modified: 07 May 2019 06:10
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3656

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