Jubilee cohort collectively write book on Christian Education

08 December 2015

As part of the University’s special Jubilee celebrations in 2012, the Faculty of Education launched a brand new Doctorate in Education: Christianity, faith and education, to celebrate the foundation of the University in 1962 as a Church of England college to train teachers for Church schools.

Three years on, each student from the cohort has written a book chapter to be included in the recently published Being Christian in Education, edited by Revd Dr Howard Worsely, former Senior Lecturer in Christian Education and Dr Hazel Bryan, former Head of Professional Development in the Faculty of Education at Christ Church.

Being Christian in Education reflects on the Christian voice as it engages in education today acting as a resource for everyone concerned with schools, colleges and universities at a time of national uncertainty for the place of religious belief in the public arena. The book aims to generate a new confidence that will encourage the practice and contribution of faith-based thinking in education, as well as in society.

Professor Trevor Cooling, Director of the National Institute for Christian Education Research (NICER) at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “Our book is an important contribution to fulfilling its recommendations by showing how professional educators working on doctorates can offer robust examples of rigorous Christian thought for the benefit of society as a whole.”

The book was launched on Thursday 5th December as part of a lecture by Rev Dr Ian O'Harae, Visiting Scholar at NICER, entitled Christian Leadership and online learning.

The lecture identified ways in which Christians can embrace opportunities to lead the future in online learning and established a framework for leadership, explored the relationship between identity and community and encouraged Christians to develop authentic learning communities that will be culturally relevant as well as mission-oriented.

Find out more and purchase Being Christian in Education.

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Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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