Given the frequently observed disconnect between people's learning experiences and their subsequent behavior or practice, this research inquired into the factors that contribute to coherence or congruence between learning and practice as perceived by graduates of ISTEL (Instituto Superior de Teologia Evangélica no Lubango), an interdenominational theological college in Angola, Africa.
Characteristics of African indigenous knowledge systems and general cultural characteristics were taken into consideration when analyzing these findings. Twenty seven graduates of ISTEL who completed their bachelor's degree in theology between 1997 and 2012 were interviewed using a semi-structured interview protocol. Research questions for this study inquired into graduates' perceptions regarding their learning experiences prior to ISTEL. They were also asked to recount how their learning at ISTEL differed from previous schooling. Finally graduates were asked to recount how their learning experiences were influencing their present ministry practice. It was found that the most frequently mentioned factors that contributed to coherence were: 1. The modeling of qualities of Christian life by faculty; 2. Experience in small group fellowships for spiritual formation; 3. Apprenticeships and "hands on" practical ministry experience; 4. Critical thinking skills.
|Commitee:||Guthrie, Donald, Plueddemann, James|
|School:||Trinity International University|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 77/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Pedagogy, Religious education, Higher education|
|Keywords:||African indigenous knowledge systems, Angola, Learning, Ministry practice, Theological education|
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