Honouring Inclusive Community through the ‘TRI-Space Model in Theological Education’

By Drene Somasundram.

Published by The International Journal of Humanities Education

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The “TRI-Space model in theological education” was developed through research in Australia. “TRI-Space” is an acronym that stands for thriving environments, reclaiming epistemology, and imbued identity. These generative themes were uncovered through researching the lived experience of clergywomen. The model locates a third space for the above themes within a gender inclusive pedagogical frame that also considers four learning intentions. The “TRI-Space model in theological education” challenges hegemony power relations. It takes into account culturally responsive and inclusive epistemology; it facilitates identity formation as negotiated and self-directed; and also seeks an ethical praxis that governs education through thriving environments. The model was trialed on a group of theology students; that resulted in transformational learning. The “TRI-Space model in theological education” is innovative and contemporary, and it honours inclusive educational communities.

Keywords: Thirdspace, Gender Inclusive Pedagogy, “TRI-Space Model in Theological, Education,” Clergywomen

The International Journal of Humanities Education, Volume 13, Issue 3, September 2015, pp.17-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 19, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 512.550KB)).

Dr. Drene Somasundram

Lecturer, Chaplain, Faculty of Nursing and Health, Avondale, College of Higher Education, Sydney, NSW, Australia