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ERIC Number: ED457460
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Pages: 23
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Rituals in a School Hallway: Evidence of a Latent Spirituality of Children.
Ratcliff, Donald
A study was undertaken to examine the social actions and interactions of students and perceptions about student behavior in the school hallway. A variety of ethnographic methods of data collection were used to interview students (N=52) in grades 3, 4, and 5 in an elementary school in the Southeastern United States. This paper supports the notion that rituals of children are considered expressions of spirituality. Three common ceremonies of children were noted in the hallway; the school line, the cluster, and the phalanx were examples of observed group behavior. Several individual rituals were also noted, such as pole touching; ritual insults; resistance rituals; and rituals denoting affection. Distinctive patterns of the rituals may be related to a variety of variables including gender; ethnicity; region; context; faith; and personality. The many commonalties affirm research assertions that spirituality is inborn. Many child development textbooks continue to ignore the essential role spirituality plays in childhood. (Contains 52 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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