Vulnerability and Self-giving in Christian Teaching and Learning
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This chapter is about two aspects of the spiritual dimension of people’s lives, their response to vulnerability (in themselves and others) and their capacity to give themselves (to a mission and to others). Sullivan reflects on the ways that Christian teaching and learning depends upon, even requires, both vulnerability and self-giving. First, attention is drawn to the ways that vulnerability can open the door to learning. Then, some key features of effective teaching are identified. In Sect. 3 the part played by self-giving in the work of teachers and their responsibility to promote educative relationships with their students receives attention. Finally, the institutional dimension of teaching and learning is considered, insofar as this affects vulnerability and self-giving.