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Title: Theological education in a clinical setting
Author: Lyall, D.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1979
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The principal objective of this thesis is to study the effect upon participating students of hospital-based courses taught within the Department of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology at Edinburgh University. A historical introduction traces the development of the teaching of practical theology in Edinburgh from 1846 until 1971, by which time three full-time hospital chaplains were associated with the department with responsibilities for developing the above courses. After a 'Theological Note' which examines the theological issues important in the historical development, other factors are suggested which created an environment favourable to this new approach to pastoral education. Empirical data was provided relating to the week-long Easter Vacation hospitals conference for the Practical Theology I class in two separate years and for extended fieldwork placements which form part of Practical Theology III and the Diploma and Certificate in Pastoral Studies. Using the Theological School Inventory it was possible to identify theologically conservative and liberal groups within the Practical Theology I class. A 40-item Attitude inventory enabled attitude change as a result of participation in the conference to be measured on four dimensions, viz. hospitals, ministry, psychiatry and ethical issues. Data is provided both for the whole group and the theologically differing sub-groups. Content Analysis of students' essays provides further information regarding reaction to the conference. Research into the extended fieldwork placements focuses upon change in styles of pastoral counselling resulting from participation in the relevant courses. The method used is to identify and classify the counselling responses of students to tape-recordings of simulated pastoral counselling interviews, a method devised by Strupp and modified by Campbell. Change in counsellor response is related to personality and other biographical factors. The thesis is followed by a Postscript which discusses two issues of a more theoretical nature, "The Hospital as an Arena of Theological Education" and "The Theological Integrity of Pastoral Counselling".
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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