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ERIC Number: EJ811387
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1364-436X
The Identification of Four Characteristics of Children's Spirituality in Australian Catholic Primary Schools
Hyde, Brendan
International Journal of Children's Spirituality, v13 n2 p117-127 May 2008
In taking its theoretical impetus from hermeneutic phenomenology, the qualitative research reported in this paper aimed to identify characteristics of children's spirituality in Australian Catholic primary schools. The videotaped life expressions of two groups of six children in each of three Australian Catholic primary schools formed the texts of this study. A reflection upon the texts, guided by van Manen's lifeworld existentials, resulted in the identification of four characteristics of these children's spirituality--the felt sense, integrating awareness, weaving the threads of meaning, and spiritual questing. In the light of these findings, some pedagogical implications for nurturing spirituality through the primary religious education curriculum in Catholic schools are proposed. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia