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Field Education

Viki Matson, Director

Trudy Hawkins Stringer, Associate Director

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Field Education is grounded in an action-reflection model of learning in which the lived experience (praxis) becomes the "text" from which we learn. We emphasize three dimensions of this learning process:

We assume that there are particular skills, tasks or competencies in which a student wishes to become proficient, and Field Education offers an arena in which these things can be practiced and honed.

Our assumption is that ministry is as much about who we are as it is about what we do.

At Vanderbilt Divinity School we envision the task of theological education to be preparing women and men to be "Minister as Theologian."

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