Teaching/learning in theological education

/ 4 July 2007

One of the things I’ve been doing while on sabbatical is a lot of reading (and some writing) on issues of teaching in theological education. As part of that process I’ve found myself playing with developing a spectrum of sorts having to do with various elements of learning (both in terms of teaching tools, but also in terms of culture and structure). I started out wanting to write a rubric that would identify institutions that were lagging behind, as well as point forward towards dreams of the future. But I’ve become much more conscious lately of how much context really matters, and how difficult it is to get theologians to take developmental theory seriously (many of my interlocutors tend to hold a caricature of it). So I’ve abandoned the developmental piece, and instead am thinking more in terms of premodern, modern, postmodern contexts. I realize that in itself is judgement laden, but it’s a place to start.

In any case, I've put some tables up on the web in a wiki format, with the hope that some people might venture on them and give me some feedback -- or better yet, even get involved in helping me to refine them. If you're interested, you can find the tables here: /web/wiki/TechWorkshop/Spectrum