Learning and loves envisaged through the lens of James K. A. Smith: reimagining Christian education today

Norsworthy, Beverley and Dowden, Tony and Luetz, Johannes M. (2018) Learning and loves envisaged through the lens of James K. A. Smith: reimagining Christian education today. In: Reimagining Christian education: cultivating transformative approaches. Springer Nature, Singapore, pp. 3-15. ISBN 978-981-13-0850-5

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This chapter introduces the reader to the notion of learning and loves in relation to Christian education. In particular, it draws from James K. A. Smith’s (2016a) keynote address at the 2016 research symposium 'Learning and Loves: Reimagining Christian Education' and sketches a range of contemporary perspectives on the nature and purpose of Christian education today. Critical to this discussion is the educator’s understanding of what it means to be human and Smith’s (2016a) presupposition that 'every pedagogy implicitly assumes an anthropology'. Given that Christian education has been shown to be concerned with the making of ‘whole’ persons (Holmes 1987; Ream and Glanzer 2013), holistic approaches that are both theoretically grounded and practically beneficial are critical to and for such a transformative endeavour. This discourse also introduces the content and organisation of the book Reimagining Christian Education: Cultivating Transformative Approaches, which focuses on some of the manifold facets, expressions and experiences of Christian education encountered in innovative contemporary research and practice today. The book is organised into five thematic sections and includes the introduction of both theoretical perspectives and pedagogical methods and tools, which are field-tested and practice-approved: (1) Conceptual Perspectives; (2) Pedagogical Implications; (3) Inclusive Education and Hospitality; (4) Trends in Learning, Business and Technology; (5) Promoting Reconciliation and Social Justice. By looking at Christian education through the lens of James K. A. Smith, this chapter offers fresh perspectives on (re)imagining education as the passionate pursuit of learning and teaching by lovers of God.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2018 23:45
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 04:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: Christian education, Christian worldview, Imago dei, learning, cultural liturgies
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130211 Religion Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-0851-2_1
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34409

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