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

Author: Perry Shaw
Date: August 1st, 2012
Key Words: Theological education, cross-cultural psychology, contextual learning, higher education.

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.

(From Tending the Seedbeds: Educational Perspectives on Theological Education in Asia (pp.47-74). (Editor: Allan Harkness; Manila: Asia Theological Association; 2010.) Permission to upload this chapter onto this site has been granted by the Asia Theological Association. Printed copies of the book can be purchased from the Asia Theological Association (Email: ataasia@gmail.com; Website: www.ataasia.com).


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