Monday, July 23, 2012
defining theological research
Tonight I attended, with my daughter, a high school careers night. One of the presentations outlined the Research Project, a final year independent study. It is described as an opportunity to:
- research something you are interested in
- decide how you carry out your research
- decide on the way you produce your findings
- make judgements about how successful you’ve been
The presenter noted that a new feature for 2013 includes local universities offering students the chance to join one of their projects, in areas like health and medicine. The student works with the University in one of their projects and gets named in the research as it is written up.
On the way home, the following conversation ensued.
Daughter: I liked the idea of doing research with a university.
Dad: Yes, when they talked about that, I wondered about theology offering a research project.
Daughter: Now that would be cool. They could start new types of churches and explore how people engage with those new forms.
Dad grins, pondering the rather unique view of theological research – the mix of research and practicum, thinking and doing, university and church – the daughter has grown up with.
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