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ERIC Number: ED363783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 19
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Preaching to the Unconverted--Dialogue vs Doctrine in the Ministry or: You Cannot Put Cucumbers into a Vinegar Barrel and Not Expect Them To Emerge as Pickles.
von Kotze, Astrid
A South African ministry invited the Centre for Adult Education in Durban to conduct a nonformal adult educator training course for its staff. During the 10-session course, the adult educators attempted to persuade the ministry staff that although their approach to education, which was based on acceptance rather than questioning and on a single view rather than on multiple perspectives, is adequate for teaching the gospel and instilling faith, it is inappropriate and ineffective for teaching life skills, counseling, and facilitating recovery. The adult educators based their training sessions on three educational strategies: the learner-centered approach, role modeling, and experiential learning activities. The participants' responses to the training sessions were very positive; however, the adult educators who conducted the training concluded that although the ministry staff will likely reproduce mechanically the teaching strategies presented during the training sessions, their attitudes toward teaching will probably remain unchanged for three reasons: the ministers' failure to perceive any need to change their attitude toward teaching, the contradictions between the "secular" methodology of the adult educators and the ministers' dogma-based approach, and the lack of sufficient time to teach the experiential learning approach. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa (Durban)