Dr Peter Mudge

Conjoint Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Science

Career Summary

Biography

I am a lecturer in Religious Education and Spirituality at The Broken Bay Institute (BBI), Sydney, and Conjoint Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the UoN. I teach courses in Religious Education (EDUC6043), Studies in Spirituality (THEO6016) and am currently preparing a course designed to assist teachers in presenting the HSC Board of Studies, Studies of Religion syllabus. Examples of my research can be found in journals such as Journal of Religious Education, International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, Journal of Catholic School Studies, and Australian Journal of Religious Education. I have co-authored four books on religious education: Out of the Desert Book One (1997), Out of the Desert Book Two (1998), Out of the Desert Book Three (1998), Out of the Desert Book Four (2000), as well as four editions of Living Religion (2009, 4th Edition). The latter supports the NSW BOS Studies of Religion Syllabus, 2006 revised. I have also contributed a number of articles to international handbooks on religious education and spirituality, namely a chapter on Kataphatic and Apophatic Ways of Knowing, in International Handbook of Education for Spirituality, Care and Well Being (2 Vols) (2009); and a chapter on the challenges of the New Monasticism and its values for schools, Routledge International Handbook on Religion (in press 2012).

Full details on my publications can be found below. Refer also to my Flickr art website at: www.flickr.com/photos/ceoreals/sets Office hours for 2012: Mon-Thursday, 8.30am – 4.30 pm.

Research Expertise

Religious Education (ongoing) My past and ongoing research in Religious Education has centred on transformative pedagogies, values, gospel values, two-fold and four-fold ways of knowing, and links between the arts, pedagogy and religious education. More recently I have been conducting research in relation to Habermas’ four ways of knowing culminating in praxis and wisdom. Spirituality and staff spiritual formation (ongoing) My past and ongoing research in Spirituality has been focused on the nature of spirituality, the spiritual classics, meditation and lectio divina, poetry, sacred space, and more recently the narrative of Jonah and the two halves of life (Rohr, Rolheiser, Chittister).

Teaching Expertise
My approach to teaching, lecturing, online discussion and education in general stems from the belief that students are best challenged when they are invited to move from their ‘comfort zone’ to more challenging topics and ideas. My reading in general of education and pedagogy is that the process involves ‘stretching’, ‘extending’ towards news ideas, and that this process often involves displacement, disorientation and at times disturbance and discomfort (see Brueggemann, Gittins, Rohr and others). This is how I aim to teach, to tutor, to present my teaching resources (e.g. Power Point), and how I challenge especially teachers to teach their own students. In the final analysis I follow some research I have done on Habermas’ four ways of knowing – that effective teaching follows a pathway from the Instrumental, through Hermeneutical, and on through Emancipatory, Self-Reflective, Self-Critical knowing, and finally on to praxis and wisdom ways of knowing (the pinnacle of knowing). I have also been influenced by other pedagogies echoed in the Book of Jonah, Walter Brueggemann, Quality Teaching, and many others.

Collaborations
Religious Education (ongoing) My past and ongoing research in Religious Education has centred on transformative pedagogies, values, gospel values, two-fold and four-fold ways of knowing, and links between the arts, pedagogy and religious education. More recently I have been conducting research in relation to Habermas’ four ways of knowing culminating in praxis and wisdom. Spirituality and staff spiritual formation (ongoing) My past and ongoing research in Spirituality has been focused on the nature of spirituality, the spiritual classics, meditation and lectio divina, poetry, sacred space, and more recently the narrative of Jonah and the two halves of life (Rohr, Rolheiser, Chittister). I welcome research applications on any of the above topics. I am currently supervising some candidates for THEO6032: Advanced Studies – Directed. My collaboration extends to several spirituality and Studies of Religion groups.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Theology, Melbourne College of Divinity
  • Bachelor of Arts/Diploma of Education, Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Theology, Sydney College of Divinity
  • Master of Theology, Sydney College of Divinity

Keywords

  • Judaism, Christianity and Islam
  • Studies of Religion
  • art-based pedagogy
  • philosophy in the classroom
  • religious education
  • spirituality
  • theological reflection
  • theology of religious education

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130211 Religion Curriculum and Pedagogy 100
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Fleming D, Mudge P, 'Leaving Home: A Pedagogy for Theological Education', Learning and Teaching Theology: Some Ways Ahead, Morning Star Publishing, Northcote 71-80 (2014) [B1]
Co-authors Daniel Fleming
2013 Mudge PJP, '"The cowl and the curriculum": The new monasticism', The Routledge International Handbook of Education, Religion and Values, Routledge, Abingdon 168-181 (2013) [B1]

Journal article (27 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Mudge P, Fleming D, Lovat T, 'The potential impact of the neurosciences on religious and spiritual education: ramifying from the impact on values education', JOURNAL OF BELIEFS & VALUES-STUDIES IN RELIGION & EDUCATION, 35 144-154 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/13617672.2014.953299
Co-authors Terry Lovat, Daniel Fleming
2013 Fleming D, Mudge P, 'The heartbeat of religion: Vital connections between theology and religious education for classroom teachers', Journal of Religious Education, 61 42-53 (2013) [C1]
Co-authors Daniel Fleming
2011 Mudge P, ''God Heals Holes in Souls' - four key themes linked to suffering and vulnerability in the writings of Richard Rohr', Journal of Religious Education, 59 4-13 (2011) [C1]
2011 Mudge P, 'Transformative Catholic Pedagogy, a teacher inservice and evaluation program in the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes, Part One.', Journal of Religious Education, 59 51-63 (2011) [C1]
2011 Mudge P, 'Richard Rohr Spirituality Resources. Practical suggestions for the beginning through to the more experienced teacher', Journal of Religious Education, 59 52-56 (2011) [C1]
2011 Mudge P, 'Transformative Catholic Pedagogy, a teacher inservice and evaluation program in the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes, Part Two', Journal of Religious Education, 59 48-58 (2011) [C1]
2010 Mudge PJ, 'Thomas Merton's transformative spirituality of education (Part One)', Religious Education Journal of Australia, 26 27-31 (2010) [C1]
2010 Mudge PJ, 'Thomas Merton's transformative spirituality of education (Part Two)', Religious Education Journal of Australia, 26 32-37 (2010) [C1]
2010 Mudge PJ, 'Two-fold and four-fold learning models - an analysis with implications for religious education and for stretching ways of knowing (Part 2 of 2)', Journal of Religious Education, 58 12-19 (2010) [C1]
2009 Mudge P, 'Two-fold and four-fold learning models - an analysis with implications for religious education and for stretching ways of knowing (Part 1 of 2)', Journal of Religious Education, 57 18-28 (2009) [C1]
2008 Mudge P, 'The arts in religious education : a focus for 'deep seeing', silence and contemplation (part two).', Journal of Religious Education, 56 38-45 (2008) [C1]
2007 McPhillips K, Mudge P, Johnston J, 'Shifting selves: the struggle for identity and spirituality in the work of three young women artists', International Journal of Children s Spirituality, 12 233-247 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/13644360701714910
2007 Mudge P, 'The arts in religious education : a focus for 'deep seeing', silence and contemplation (part one).', Journal of Religious Education, 55 43-49 (2007) [C1]
2007 Mudge P, 'Meditative thinking and 'dwelling upon' : a perennial challenge for the religious educator.', Journal of Religious Education, 55 20-27 (2007) [C1]
2006 Mudge P, ''New ways to the see the world' : exploring and writing religious poetry K-12.', Journal of Religious Education, 54 59-66 (2006) [C1]
2004 McPhillips K, Mudge P, 'Visual art and connected knowing : imagination, meaning and spirituality in the art works of young people.', Journal of Religious Education, 52 2-13 (2004) [C1]
2004 Mudge P, 'New pedagogies : new ways of seeing, learning and teaching.', Journal of Religious Education, 52 3-15 (2004) [C1]
2003 Mudge P, 'Jesus the Wise Fool - Some Possibilities for Religious Education', Journal of Religious Education, 51 1-12 (2003) [C1]
2002 Mudge P, 'The cultivation of connected knowing : some practical applications for the religious education classroom.', Journal of Religious Education, 50 2-8 (2002) [C1]
2002 Mudge P, 'The art of meditative scripture reading (lectio divina) with applications for the religious education classroom.', Religious Education Journal of Australia, 18 3-7 (2002) [C1]
2001 Mudge P, 'Sacred space in religious education for the new millennium : moving beyond the 'sacred'/'profane' split : part 2.', Religious Education Journal of Australia, 17 14-18 (2001) [C1]
2000 Mudge P, 'Four foundational dimensions of the religious education textbook.', Journal of Religious Education, 48 2-7 (2000) [C1]
2000 Mudge P, 'Sacred space in religious education for the new millennium - moving beyond the 'sacred'/'profane' split.', Religious Education Journal of Australia, 16 26-31 (2000) [C1]
1999 Mudge P, 'Religious education and lateral thinking - a symbiotic relationship.', Journal of Religious Education, 47 33-41 (1999) [C1]
1998 Mudge P, 'Sharing wisdom: some reflections on the sophia tradition and religious education.', Journal of Religious Education, 46 37-42 (1998) [C1]
1997 Mudge P, 'Out of the Desert and into the classroom.', Journal of Religious Education, 45 13-16 (1997) [C1]
1994 Mudge P, 'Communicating the mystery through small group and family ritual: dialogue between intimacy and independence', Australasian Catholic Record, 71 10-21 (1994) [C1]
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Dr Peter Mudge

Position

Conjoint Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email peter.mudge@newcastle.edu.au
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