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A Catholic View about Learning and Teaching

At St Anthony’s, a Catholic view about Learning and Teaching is reflected in both dimensions of Religious Education, namely, the classroom teaching and learning of Religion and the Religious life of the school. Teaching and learning in Religious Education is intentionally developed on the foundation of a Catholic theology and philosophy of curriculum. Four core themes are central: Anthropology, Epistemology, Cosmology and the Catholic Christian Tradition.

 

Catholic View of Christian Anthropology

A Catholic view of Christian anthropology is centred on the person of Jesus. It recognises each person is created in the image of God. It emphasises Jesus as teacher whose Spirit infuses the whole curriculum with a hope-filled vision of life. At St Anthony’s it is characterised by inclusion, holistic and relational learning, and action in community.

Catholic Perspective on Epistemology

A Catholic perspective on epistemology orients a curriculum towards rationality; holistic knowing; knowing and living; wisdom as the fruit of knowing and life-long and life-wide learning.

The Catholic tradition views the acquisition of knowledge as a lifelong and life wide enterprise. Reflective self-directed learning and teaching provides Sabbath spaces for teachers and students to interiorise knowledge .

Catholic Understanding of Cosmology

Cosmology relates to how we understand our place in the universe and the choices we make to live within the integrity of creation. Through the elements of stewardship and sacramentality, Catholic Christians are called to respond to questions like: ‘What is our place in the universe?’ ‘ How do we live within the integrity of creation?’

Catholic Christian Story and Tradition

From the very beginning of Christianity, the Christian community has been engaged in teaching. The transformative process of learning and teaching is captured in the Vision of Brisbane Catholic Education to Teach, Challenge and Transform. This Vision is realised at St Anthony’s through everyday witness; and learning and teaching that challenges and transforms the culture and the world in which we live.

Ongoing spiritual formation for religious educators is as important as professional and theological learning. A person-centred understanding of spiritual formation begins with honouring and exploring the personal narrative of each individual’s experience of My Story through an approach that engages the head, the heart and the hands (experience, knowledge, practice and application).