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Practical Theology and Qualitative Research - second edition408
Practical Theology is a growing discipline in its own right, and the latest thinking in practical theology; of how to use theological learning in practical situations, is fully explored in this new edition of an established textbook. The authors examine methodologies of the social sciences and questions how they can enable the task of theological reflection; examine the relationship between qualitative and quantitative methods and highlight the significance of both for the task of practical theology. They also take the reader through the actual process of developing and carrying out a research project using the author's own research as case study examples. Previous case studies include: the rise in spirituality; the decline in church attendance, evidence-based medicine compared to needs-led assessments, the growth in chaplaincy and how it is understood as separate from parish ministry. In this second edition, case studies and all bibliographies have been updated plus a new chapter has been added.
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"The best way to learn how to do qualitative research in practical theology is by walking in the footprints of those who do it well themselves and who are skilled at teaching others. The new material in the second edition of this valued resource adds further clarification and greater depth to the book." -- Leslie J. Francis, Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit
John Swinton is Professor of Practical Theology and Pastoral Care in the School of Divinity, Religious Studies and Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. Harriet Mowat is an honorary Reasearch Fellow in the Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability at the University of Aberdeen and the Managing Director of Mowat Research Ltd, Aberdeen.
Part 1: Theoretical Foundations 1. What is Practical Theology? 2. What is Qualitative Research? 3. Practical Theology and Qualitative Research Methods Part 2: Research Projects 4. Researching Personal Experience: Depression and Spirituality 5. Researching a Local Church: Exploring an 'Emergent Church' 6. Researching Ministry: What do Chaplains Do? 7. Researching Pastoral Issues: Religious Communities and Suicide 8. Participatory Research: Researching with Marginalized People 9. Action Research: Researching the Spiritual Lives of People with Profound and Complex Intellectual Disabilities Conclusion: Practical Theology as Action Research