Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Educating Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisors: A Grounded Theory Study of Supervisory Wisdom
by Ragsdale, Judith Ray, Ph.D., Antioch University, 2008, 198; 10631304
Abstract (Summary)

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an 80 year old education modality that provides professional education for students of pastoral care. Supervision is central to the CPE process. Pastoral supervisors in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) have done little writing about their work educating Students in Supervisory Education (SSEs). The purpose of this dissertation is to identify and interview those practitioners in ACPE who have been identified by their peers as excellent in practice, and to cull their wisdom by listening to and categorizing their experience of supervising SSEs. The research question to the supervisors was: What is your experience educating CPE Students in Supervisory Education? The analysis of the interviews utilized a grounded theory methodology. The four primary dimensions of the process of educating SSEs emerged as Selecting students, Helping the SSE develop CPE supervisory practices; Guiding the SSE toward integration, and Blessing the SSE to develop independently. Each primary dimension refers to work the supervisor is doing with the SSE. The core dimension that emerged is Evolving Wisdom, and the core dimension refers to work the supervisor is doing in terms of her own continuing growth and development. Evolving Wisdom is a reciprocal core dimension that both feeds and draws from the primary dimensions. The theoretical proposition says that as Evolving Wisdom grows in the supervisor, the capacity for wisdom is nurtured in the SSE. The electronic version of the dissertation is accessible at the Ohiolink ETD center http://www.ohiolink.edu/etd/.

Indexing (document details)
Commitee: Holloway, Elizabeth, Ivy, Steven, Kenny, Carolyn, Roehlke, Helen, EdD
School: Antioch University
Department: Leadership and Change
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-A 78/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Pastoral Counseling, Educational psychology, Religious education, Higher education
Keywords: Chaplains, Clinical pastoral education, Grounded theory, Pastoral care, Supervision, Supervisory education
Publication Number: 10631304
ISBN: 9780355015652
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