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ERIC Number: EJ814244
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1364-436X
Children's Spirituality with Particular Reference to a Norwegian Context: Some Hermeneutical Reflections
Sagberg, Sturla
International Journal of Children's Spirituality, v13 n4 p355-370 Nov 2008
Spirituality has become an issue in many domains of the Norwegian society, but this is not reflected in public education. This paper discusses why this is so, and suggests some hermeneutical approaches to understanding spirituality that can include pre-school children's spirituality, with particular reference to a Norwegian context. Central to this discussion is a case study of children in "sacred space", and an understanding of spirituality as cultural learning. Education in schools as well as in kindergartens is dominated by a secular outlook on life as "default", or a cultural and collective forgetfulness. Children's spirituality challenges adults to explore and rearticulate what is forgotten, in terms of nurturing what it is to be human, of caring for what is really important, and of cultivating hope--in Norway as well as in other countries. (Contains 1 figure and 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway