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Recontextualising Pedagogy 2021 National Conference

Monday, 29 NovemberTuesday, 30 November

Catholic Theological College

Recontextualisation is described within the Enhancing Catholic School Identity Project (ECSI) as an approach to teaching and learning that “seeks to invite culture and Christianity into the dialogical process of (re)interpreting Christian faith for a contemporary context while preserving its recognizable, credible and meaningful expressions as found in Catholic tradition” (Pollefeyt and Richards, 2020). The process for recontextualisation is not one which follows a blueprint. So much depends on the passion and skill of leaders, teachers and students to engage in the dynamic process that draws upon and at the same time builds and renews the faith tradition in dialogue with the context.

Presented in association with Australian ECSI Professional Learning Consortium, this conference offers an opportunity to showcase new learning and ongoing research into recontextualising pedagogies exploring 4 areas: Leadership; Student agency; Teacher professional learning; Teacher practice. Educators from all spheres of the Catholic school sector are invited to register now.


Keynote speakers

Dr Robyn Horner
Associate Professor Religion and Theology
Australian Catholic University

Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen
Fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Parramatta

Dr Annemie Dillen
Professor in Pastoral and Empirical Theology
Katolieke Universiteit Leuven



Expressions of interest are invited from researchers, leaders and school practitioners to lead workshops in the following areas.

  • Leading in the ECSI Space
    e.g. Leading for a shift from Christian Values Education to Recontextualisation; System leadership for learning in ECSI; Teacher leadership in RE pedagogy; Systems designing curriculum for recontextualisation
  • Student Agency and Recontextualisation
    e.g. Students as active agents of recontextualisation; Students as Dialogue Partners
  • Teacher professional learning
    e.g. Engaging in professional dialogue as encounter; Teacher as Witness, Moderator, Specialist; Formation for Recontextualisation
  • Teacher practice for recontextualisation
    e.g. A recontextualising classroom; Catholic Identity and student questions; Ways of being in a recontextualising dialogue classroom; Fostering inquiry in RE.

Workshops are encouraged to reflect and model recontextualising approaches and practices.

Expressions of interest Applications close 30 July 2021. Successful presenters will be notified by 30 August.



  • $250 per person for two days
  • $65 for optional dinner booking

Online conference options will be offered should COVID restrictions resume and funds partially reimbursed

Register Registrations close 20 September.


Dr Rina Madden
9412 3333


Catholic Leadership Centre
576 Victoria Parade
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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