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Exploring the role and function of chaplaincy services in MCAST (Malta College for Arts Science and Technology).

Authors: David Callaby Floridia, ,
  • Institute: Learning Support Unit
  • Symposium: Social Well-being, Sports and Health
  • Day: 1 , Session: 2 , Location: Conference Hall 2
  • Session Type: Short 10 min (Early stage research) , Start: 11:45 , End: 12:00

Abstract

This research sets out to conduct an appraisal of the pastoral services offered by the chaplaincy in MCAST. The project is set within the context of the MCAST Act (2021) that has been released for consultation. The research aims to highlight the ways in which ways the pastoral services support the objectives highlighted by the same Act particularly found in clause 8.

The initial objectives are to record the reason for being of chaplaincy services as seen by the chaplains, who are religious people. Further into the research, the scope will develop into building a profile for the chaplaincy, I.e., by understanding how chaplaincy is perceived and by what services it provides to college.

The proposed methodology is to use a grounded theory approach to collect and analyse data about the spirit by which the Chaplaincy operates. For this part of the research to be carried out the chaplains will be interviewed to see what their perspective on the work in the chaplaincy in MCAST is all about, and how they go about doing their work. They participants for this research were selected because they are the chaplains of MCAST. In total there are six (6) chaplains. Data collection will be done through semi structured qualitative interviews.

Through this research I expect to represent the voice of the chaplains, for a profiling exercise to be conducted. This will be only the first step, since after this it would only make sense to test the theory by collecting feedback from other stakeholders in MCAST. Eventually, the results will be submitted to be presented for a paper or in a conference, where the results will help other chaplaincies working in Higher education institutions.