Developing a living theory of theopraxis: How do I improve my practice as a professional educator in Religious Education?

James, Maria (2009) Developing a living theory of theopraxis: How do I improve my practice as a professional educator in Religious Education? Educational Journal of Living Theories, 2 (2). pp. 280-294. ISSN 2009-1788

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Abstract

In this paper I attempt to explain why I believe that a relational form of teaching is a vital aspect of good pedagogical practice in Religious Education (RE). This applies to those who wish to become teachers of RE, as well as to those who teach them, like myself. I have come to this belief through my experience of engaging with issues around dominant forms of RE, grounded as they are in dominant forms of theory; I have done this as part of my action enquiry in which I interrogate my practice in an effort to improve it. I have come to understand that most contemporary conceptualisations of RE see it as a subject to be taught, rather than an experience to be lived. This, I believe, stems from a commitment to propositional forms, which are inadequate to offer explanations for the lived realities of people’s lives. I prefer to engage with generative transformational forms, from my commitment to understanding life as in the moment and theory as constituted of the descriptions and explanations we offer as we make sense of our lives in the present. I explain how I try to live this view in practice, by revealing how my practice becomes an aspect of my faith-based living; and I explain how I am finding new forms of visual and linguistic expression that communicate appropriately the dynamic relational forms that I seek to live in my practice.

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Theopraxis; Confluence; Downlogue; Metaphor; Religious education
Subjects: 200 Religion > 268 Religious education
School/Department: School of Education, Theology and Leadership
Depositing User: Catherine Carruthers
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2012 16:39
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2012 16:39
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/250

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