ERIC Number: ED418332
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
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Spirituality of South Asian Women: Implications for Adult Learning.
Marshall, Jody L.
The implications of the spirituality of South Asian women for adult learning were examined through semistructured interviews of five South Asian women who resided in Canada. The women, who included students, working professionals, mothers, and single women, originated from Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka and were from Hindu, Moslem, and Buddhist backgrounds. Each interview lasted 30-60 minutes. Lack of clarity regarding the terms "spirituality" and "religion" was a common theme in all five interviews; however, all five women shared a common understanding of what religion entails. Times of struggle served as stimulus for many of the women to reflect on their spiritual practices, and many of the women described their spirituality as a source of personal strength. All five women's perspectives on and views of spirituality were holistic in nature. The women's views were discussed in the context of Western developmental theories, including Kohlberg's theory of moral development, current feminist spirituality literature, transformative learning theory, and contemporary adult education practices. Adult educators in Canada were advised to increase their awareness of South Asian cultures and affirm and allow for their community orientation to meet South Asian women's needs in formal adult education classrooms. (Contains 31 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Canada; South Asians
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).