This unit provides the opportunity for students to begin to develop an understanding of the process of learning through the life span and to develop skills in facilitating learning experiences for ministry contexts. Learning theory and what this indicates about good teaching practice will be considered. Opportunities to practise the strategies and instructional skills of good teaching will be provided.

Unit code: DE1013L

Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Education Studies

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Express a clear understanding of teaching roles in the educational ministry of the church


Illustrate an understanding of learning and faith development stages


Develop suitable learning outcomes for a specific parish or education context and choose content and structure learning experiences to lead towards these outcomes


Select and use an appropriate array of instructional skills which respond to the realities of the teaching/learning context and which are appropriate to a given situation and the age and experience of the learners

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A level 1 unit in the DipTheol or AdvDipTheolMin


This unit takes a learner-centred approach and incorporates elements of inquiry learning. Online stimulus materials and an action/reflection model that requires students to develop, trial and reflect on strategies for effective teaching in ministry contexts are used. Some collaborative work will be involved for all students, including those online.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bellanca, James A. 200+ active learning strategies and projects for engaging students' multiple intelligences. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2009.
  • Kalantzis, Mary. Learning by design. Melbourne, VIC: Victorian Schools Innovation Commission, 2005.
  • Kruse, Darryn. Thinking tools for the inquiry classroom. Carlton South, VIC: Curriculum Corporation, 2010.
  • Marsh, Colin J. Becoming a teacher: knowledge, skills and issues. 5th ed. Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson Australia, 2010.
  • McTighe, Jay, and Grant Wiggins. Essential questions: opening doors to student understanding. Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 2013.
  • Moulds, Russ. A teacher of the church: theology, formation, and practice for the ministry of teaching. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2007.
  • Whitaker, Todd. What great teachers do differently: seventeen things that matter most. 2nd ed. Larchmont, NY: Eye on Education, 2012.
  • Yero, Judith Lloyd. Teaching in mind: how teacher thinking shapes education. 2nd ed. Hamilton, MT: Mind Flight Publishing, 2010.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

The teaching roles in Christian congregations

1000 20.0

Evidence of capacity to plan learning experiences and use effective instructional techniques appropriate to the cohort and learning goals.

3000 80.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 20 Jul, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-07-20 14:01:29 +1000