How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? (Psalm 137.4) A Quaker understanding of education

Gillespie, Aidan (2015) How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? (Psalm 137.4) A Quaker understanding of education. In: Being Christian in Education: Faith Perspectives on Practice and Policy. Canterbury Press, Norwich, UK, pp. 58-70. ISBN 9781848257528

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In this chapter I scrutinize the tensions experienced in the transition from primary school teacher to university lecturer and identify what I believe are the main tensions within this new role. From a personal faith perspective that is rooted in Quaker thinking, I question the role of education in developing individuals and as a method of societal transformation and emancipation. I examine what it means to be an educational professional with an opening and questioning faith among a student body that perhaps has needs which challenge my personal educational philosophy. The chapter examines how, as a lecturer, identifying and meeting the students' needs is juxtaposed with the vocational call to live out the values of my faith within a culture of educational consumerism.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: divine, product, constructivist, light, collaboration, consumer and spirituality
Subjects: V600 Theology and Religious studies
X300 Academic studies in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
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Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2018 14:14
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 19:15

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