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New Treasures with the Old: Addressing Culture and Gender Imperialism in High Level Theological Education

Author: Perry Shaw
Date: January 13th, 2012
Key Words: teaching, learning, context, gender

The almost universally accepted shape of advanced theological study is linear, specific, analytic, hypothesis-driven, and individualistic-competitive. An increasing amount of research suggests that this shape is best suited to the thinking and learning patterns of white Western males. In contrast, non-Westerners and women generally think and learn through networked, holistic, experience-driven, and relational-cooperative patterns. To serve the purpose of developing quality teacher-scholars, this article advocates a wider variety of advanced theological study options that acknowledge and respect culture and gender diversity, and so will more likely produce outcomes that seek to advance the church’s educational mandate.


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