Vol 21 No 2 2014

Is There a Better Way to Teach Theology to Non-Western Persons? Research From Papua New Guinea That Could Benefit the Wider Pacific

Gwayaweng Kiki & Ed Parker


One issue that creates many problems for theological educational training in the Pacific Islands is the imposition of a Western model of education. What transpires is that learning is often hampered and hindered by the wide cultural gaps between a Western style lecture/lecturer and an Island style communal reciprocal approach. In many ways the Islander's approach is much like an apprenticeship. Learning takes place by observation, imitation, listening and participating. Questions are not often raised, and if they are, it is never as a first option. What is presented here is a way of thinking about how to maintain the quality of education, but tie it more closely to the island participants.