18, 19 August 2017; 30 Cowper Street Parramatta, NSW, Australia
Theme 2: Applied Theology
The Australian Christian Higher Education Alliance (ACHEA) invites to its inaugural conference, hosted by Alphacrucis College. The membership of ACHEA consists of Alphacrucis College, Avondale College of Higher Education, Christian Heritage College, Eastern College Australia, Excelsia College, Morling College, and Tabor College.
What are the intersections of Faith, learning and Christian education? How should we re-imagine assessment and curriculum design in Christian education? What are the potential benefits and challenges of new technologies in Christian Education? What does it mean to educate for Shalom? How can “pedagogies of desire” shape Christian education?
Proposals are invited within the following themes:
Theme 4: Health and Social Sciences
Theme 1: Christian Higher Education
What is the place of business in Christian higher education? How does Business relate to Theology and other disciplines? What opportunities and pitfalls are associated with the Business as Mission movement? What is the role of faith at work? What are contemporary issues in leadership?
What is Christian higher education? What is the current state and future of Christian higher education in Australia? What are the implications of new technologies, business models and regulation for traditional forms of Christian higher education?
For whom is theology? The Church, the marketplace, or both? What responsibility do theologians have to speak to the wider issues of our day (such as gender, or the relocation of refugees, or global warming)? Does theology have anything to say to the way in which educators should educate, or lawyers practice law, or Christians go about earning their daily living? How should theologians help to shape Christian higher education? How should theologians ensure that the right questions get asked?
CALL FOR PAPERS
Theme 3: Education and Schools
Keynote Speakers: Professor Amos Yong (Fuller Seminary, USA) Professor Edwin Judge (Macquarie University), and Professor David Smith (Calvin College, USA)
What is the role of social sciences in Christian education? In what ways are qualitative and quantitative research techniques used to understand and tackle problems in Christian schools and colleges? What is the place of action research in professional formation and community development within Christian education? How can student health and well-being be promoted through empirically and theologically supported programmes?
Theme 5: Business
ACHEA welcomes proposals for its upcoming conference. Submissions can be in the form of an abstract OR an extended abstract. All submissions should include:
1. Author name
2. Author affiliation and contact details
3. Name of theme to which the abstract is submitted
Abstracts (approximately 300 words) should include a brief overview of the topic, including research questions and methodology where appropriate. Abstract submissions are appropriate for established researchers.
Extended Abstracts should include research questions (where relevant), summary of relevant literature, summary of main arguments, methodology (where relevant), and main conclusions (800 - 1000 words). Student and early career researchers are particularly encouraged to submit an extended abstract.
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