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1 QCEC Colloquium June 2014 Rev Dr Kevin Lenehan Catholic Theological College, University of Divinity

2 Professional Learning Conversations: relevant evidence inquiry habit of mind knowledge and skills relationships of respect and challenge

3  Do you consider yourself to have STRONG/AVERAGE/NO faith in Christ?  Primary school teachers (n=1473)  48.2% strong faith in Christ  45.4% average faith in Christ  3.3% no faith in Christ  Secondary school teachers (n=917)  37.9 % strong faith in Christ  38.3% average faith in Christ  12.1% no faith in Christ Source: CECV & KU Leuven, 2010, 2012

4  Do you support the Catholic faith? PrimaryStudentsAdults (n=5492) (n=4203) Full support42.1%31.2% Support but critical38.8%61.3% Neither positive nor negative12.4%5.7% Dislike Catholic faith1.6%0.4%

5  Do you support the Catholic faith? SecondaryStudentsAdults (n=5013) (n=1788) Full support18.8%28.5% Support but critical42.3%57.8% Neither positive nor negative27.5%11.7% Dislike Catholic faith5.3%0.8%

6  Do you support the Catholic identity of schools? PrimaryStudentsAdults (n=5235) (n=4112) Strong support22.0%33.6% Support 41.9%52.5% It’s ok21.7%9.1% Don’t care5.6%1.4%

7  Do you support the Catholic identity of schools? SecondaryStudentsAdults (n=4908) (n=1711) Strong support7.7%29.7% Support 30.7%48.8% It’s ok30.6%13.5% Don’t care21.4%4.2%

8 How should schools respond to the increasing diversity and plurality of their communities? Responses by adults (teachers, parents, leaders):  Institutional secularisation 10%  Reconfessionalisation23%  Recontextualisation40%  Christian Values Education22%

9 Spirit Matters: How Making Sense of Life Affects Wellbeing. Peter Kaldor, Philip Hughes and Alan Black. Melbourne: Mosaic Press, 2010.

10  “For [the mostly secular] religion and spirituality are not so much rejected as ignored. Life is lived in the present, in the world of the here and now... If religion and spirituality is there at all, it is there in the background...  “What is clear is that few Australians with little religion or spirituality have totally and explicitly rejected it. The major problem is not necessarily a philosophical one…[rather] the day-to-day world does not require that they engage with religion or spirituality. They are ‘practical’ secularists, rather than ideological secular.” Spirit Matters, 57

11 Principles of Catholic Social Teaching tthe dignity of the human person tthe common good of persons tthe universal destination of goods tthe principle of subsidiarity pparticipation ssolidarity ssocial values: truth, liberty, justice tthe way of love

12  the common good “the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfilment fully and more easily” GS 26; CCC ; CSDC 164.

13  CSDC No expression of social life — from the family to intermediate social groups, associations, enterprises of an economic nature, cities, regions, states, up to the community of peoples and nations — can escape the issue of its own common good, in that this is a constitutive element of its significance and the authentic reason for its very existence.

14  participation “a series of activities by means of which the citizen… contributes to the cultural, economic, political and social life of the community…. Participation is a duty to be fulfilled consciously by all, with responsibility and with a view to the common good.” CCC ; CSDC ; GS 75

15  CSDC 191:“The overcoming of cultural, juridical and social obstacles that often constitute real barriers to the shared participation of citizens in the destiny of their communities calls for work in the areas of education and information.”

16  “Catholic schools are at one and the same time places of evangelization, well-rounded education, inculturation and initiation to the dialogue of life among young people of different religions and social backgrounds.” John Paul II, Ecclesia in Africa, n. 102, cited in Educating to Intercultural Dialogue, n.17.

17  “… the prime responsibility for creating this unique Christian school climate rests with the teachers, as individuals and as a community.” The Religious Dimension of the Catholic School, n.26

18  How do the principles of the common good and participation relate to the mission of our school?  How can staff formation assist to increase participation of staff in the mission of the school?

19  QCEC Policy, Formation of Staff Members in Catholic Schools in Queensland (2010)  2.5 Continuing professional development includes both professional and religious formation

20 Effective Professional Development Student Learning Focus Embedded in Practice Research Based Collaborative Evidence and Data Ongoing and Support Individual and Team

21  Professional learning  is informed by principles of adult learning  uses research on effective learning and teaching  links pedagogy and discipline content  content is aligned with actual curriculum standards  is given sufficient time, support and resources to master new pedagogy and integrate into practice  is collaborative, with reflection and feedback  is intellectually engaging and recognizes the complexity of learning

22  professional formation for presenting the Catholic worldview in a post-critical, inquiry- based, pluralistic learning environment  3-fold approach  apologetic in face of opposition/contradiction  hermeneutic in face of misunderstanding  dialogue in face of indifference or other worldviews

23 apologetic in face of opposition/contradiction EXPLAIN hermeneutic in face of misunderstanding INTERPRET dialogue in face of indifference or other worldviews ENGAGE

24 1) principles of religious freedom o right to religious liberty based in dignity of person o truth communicates by its own power, not by coercion o to seek and assent to truth is an act of human freedom and conscious o is aided by teaching and dialogue with others o faith is the free act of the whole human person

25 2. dimensions of conversion (Lonergan)  intellectual  moral  religious 3. the skills of discernment – personal and communal

26  Be still  Be silent  Be aware  Be centred on Jesus  Be patient  Be grateful.

27  1. Become aware of God’s presence  2. Review the day with gratitude  3. Pay attention to your emotions  4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.  5. Look toward tomorrow

28  Ron Ritchhart (2002), 8 factors affecting classroom/school culture  expectations  time allocation  modelling  routines  opportunities  relationships  physical environment  language and conversation

29  characteristics of effective routines:  explicit  instrumental  used over and over  across a variety of contexts  individual and group practices

30  Roles within the teaching staff  Witness ▪ Catholic tradition is ‘confessionally constitutive’ for identity of religious educator  Moderator ▪ Religious educator, without compromising their own confessional identity, moderates the interaction of student’s pluralised worldviews  Specialist ▪ able to inform learning experiences with expert knowledge and sound pedagogical approaches to the content of Christian revelation


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