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Learning-Centred Training

Starting date

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The purpose of this 6-week online course is to prepare participants to use a learning-centred approach in their training. It is open to trainers no matter the area in which they are engaged.

A learning-centred approach leans heavily on adult learning principles and a practical theology process which aims to nurture a safe space for critical reflection, dialogue, and practice from all involved in the learning process. It is sensitive to cultural differences and assessment during the learning process.

“Human beings are subjects or decision-makers in their own lives. The opposite of being a subject in one’s own life is feeling like an object, a thing used by others… Every part of education design is to invite [participants] to make decisions, to practice being the subjects they are.”–Jane Vella, Training Through Dialogue, p. 193

Key Themes

A Learning-centred pedagogical approach

Practical theology cycle

The 4-A learning process

Training for Inter-cultural engagement and exchange

Developing your own learning-centred training with mentoring from tutors

Course Details

The course is a 6-week blended online, facilitated course, with a virtual meeting every week, requiring roughly 3 hours of work per week.

The course will start on 11 November 2024 with an induction followed by Zoom meetings on 18 November, 25 November, 2 December, 9 December and 16 December. The Zoom meetings will always start at 19:00 (CET), and will take approximately 1 hour.

Online material is available in English and translatable into different languages.

We aim for a small group of 10–14 participants.

Primary language will be English.

The course is recognised by the IBTS Centre and EBF and is at pre-degree level.

Tuition fee: 110 euros, limited scholarships are available.

For further information please email anna@ibts.eu


Matt Norman

PhD student IBTS Centre, Educational Specialist, CBF mission (Spain)

Sara Cavaco Soares

Learning-Centred Training

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