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ERIC Number: EJ1030934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1470-3297
Evolving a Public Language of Spirituality for Transforming Academic and Campus Life
Gunnlaugson, Olen; Vokey, Daniel
Innovations in Education and Teaching International, v51 n4 p436-445 2014
A growing interest in spirituality in higher education has been accompanied by a range of responses to the challenge of defining the term. These responses include avoiding the problem by leaving it undefined; stipulating a particular and often context-specific definition of spirituality; and practising a kind of ad hoc eclecticism. This article promotes the project of creating a conceptual framework that would serve as a "public language" of spirituality for scholar-practitioners who may not share a common religious, philosophical, political, and/or cultural tradition. In the first section, we present and account for the criteria we believe a conceptual framework must meet to serve as a public language of spirituality. In the second section, we draw from Ken Wilber's integral theory to bring forth distinctions that we believe will be useful in facilitating this project. We conclude with suggestions for further work to advance this project within higher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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