Can a School be a Learning Community?
The unit examines the importance of school relationships as the key to developing effective Christian schooling. It asks the question -Can a school be a learning Community?????? In doing this it explores the idea that a truly effective Christian school must be based on a different paradigm of education which sees a school not as a teaching institution but as a learning community centred on Jesus Christ and based on biblical understanding which includes understanding teaching as pastoral ministry. These may appear to be quite radical ideas but this unit argues that they are foundational for truly effective teaching and learning. If Christian Schooling is to maintain its influence then it must operate from a different educational paradigm than the paradigm of secular schooling.