New Perspectives in Anglican Education

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Reconsidering Purpose and Plotting a Future Direction

In his 2009 ISAAC ARMITAGE LECTURE, Archbishop Peter Jensen offered this challenge: “Is there such a thing as Anglican Education?” A group of educators, theologians and academics was formed to explore the question. They drew on the best that there is to offer from the fields of education, philosophy, humanities and the social sciences, always grounded in an understanding of the Bible. They sought to ask three questions: 

  • Why? Knowing what our priorities and purposes should be in raising children, nurturing them in the faith and teaching them the skills they need dor life.
  • What? Seeking knowledge of what these priorities and purposes mean for the things we teach.
  • How?  Making wise and informed choices each day about schooling, curriculum and pedagogy. 

The first fruits of this project was the publication of the book: New Perspectives on Anglican Education. It argues that Anglican education should be different; not just in the results achieved, but in how schools are used redemptively by God. This should be seen in the lives of the students and families associated with the school, and in the impact of the school on the wider community.

The book can be purchased from Wandering Booksellers.

About the Authors

Trevor Cairney

Author: Professor Trevor Cairney

Master of New College, UNSW:    Trevor has held senior academic positions in several Australian Universities. His specialty is in early literacy and he is a prolific writer and blogger and well known throughout the world for his writings on literacy and through his presentations at international conferences.


Bryan Cowling

Author: Dr Bryan Cowling

Bryan is the Executive Director of the Anglican Education Commission and was previously founding Principal of Thomas Hassall Anglican College. During his career in the NSW Department of Education he was at different times a teacher, consultant, inspector, regional director and the state Director of Curriculum and Educational Programs.


Michael Jensen

Author: Rev Dr Michael Jensen

Michael is a former teacher and school chaplain and is currently a lecturer at Moore Theological College and has a worldwide reputation as the blogging parson. He is the author of “I am: what it means to be human” and a frequent writer in Eternity magazine.