Programs in Theological Foundations for Enhancing Catholic School Identity are now being offered by the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy.
About the KU Leuven Enhancing Catholic School Identity project
The KU Leuven Enhancing Catholic School Identity (ECSI) project is a tool for enhancing Catholic identity in schools within an increasingly secular and pluralist global society.
The ECSI project provides ongoing international research that gives staff, students and school communities a theological framework to better understand and clarify their Catholic identity and beliefs. The project provides empirical and practical-theological instruments to measure a school's Catholicity, and in turn, confirm its future direction and practices.
We often speak intuitively about Catholicity. The role of this project is to bring a framework and also some language to discuss Catholic identity in schools.
Professor Dr Didier Pollefeyt, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Theological Foundations for Enhancing Catholic School Identity
The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy offers academic programs designed to guide leaders, teachers and staff within Catholic educational institutions towards a theologically grounded understanding of the ECSI project.
Our programs draw deeply from the Catholic theological tradition and provide learning opportunities to support Catholic schools in understanding, assessing, and enhancing their Catholic identity.
Through the Theological Foundations for Enhancing Catholic School Identity project, participants engage with topics and issues such as:
- the nature and purpose of the Catholic School
- the contemporary de-traditionalised secular situation
- a hermeneutic–communicative understanding of religious education
- theology as recontextualisation.
Participants develop skills to interpret data generated by the ECSI instruments, as well as the ability to communicate their understanding in ways that support Catholic schools, educational systems, and communities in enhancing their Catholic identity.
This project has been developed in close collaboration with Professor Dr Didier Pollefeyt, KU Leuven, Belgium, and Directors of Religious Education in a number of Australian dioceses.
Upcoming in 2018
Enhancing Catholic Identity: Introducing the Leuven Project
- January 2018: The Engaging Catholic Identity Summer School will be held in Bendigo and is open to participants from across Australia.
- This unit will also in be offered in collaboration with catholic education offices in Adelaide and Brisbane.
NEW: Online professional learning module
ECSI for Beginners is a fully online, professional learning module ideal for those seeking an introduction to the Enhancing Catholic School Identity Project.
Masterclasses with Professor Reimund Bieringer (KU Leuven)
After the Data: Transforming Religious Education through Scripture will be offered in April in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne.
Rome study tour: Deepen your engagement with the ECSI project
THCT606 Recontextualisation: The Challenge for Authentic Transformation will again be offered as a Rome study tour from Sunday 23 September to Friday 5 October 2018.
Page last updated: 2018-01-18
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