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  • Title: Honouring Inclusive Community through the ‘TRI-Space Model in Theological Education’
  • Author(s): Drene Somasundram
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: New Directions in the Humanities
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Humanities Education
  • Keywords: Thirdspace, Gender Inclusive Pedagogy, “TRI-Space Model in Theological, Education,” Clergywomen
  • Volume: 13
  • Issue: 3
  • Year: 2015
  • ISSN: 2327-0063 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-2457 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2327-0063/CGP/v13i03/43837
  • Citation: Somasundram, Drene. 2015. "Honouring Inclusive Community through the ‘TRI-Space Model in Theological Education’." The International Journal of Humanities Education 13 (3): 17-30. doi:10.18848/2327-0063/CGP/v13i03/43837.
  • Extent: 14 pages

Abstract

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.