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ERIC Number: EJ816155
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-1364-436X
Re-Conceptualizing Spirituality in the Light of Educating Young Children
Harris, Kathleen I.
International Journal of Children's Spirituality, v12 n3 p263-275 Dec 2007
What is meant by spirituality in relation to a young child? Palmer (2003) asserted that spirituality is an elusive word with a variety of definitions--some compelling, some witty, some downright dangerous. The spirituality of a young child involves actively living by being connected to a natural source within the moral universe and affectively belonging with relationships that are interconnected within a child's culture and community. Children's spirituality is transformational by inspiring others and directive by facilitating and encouraging peers by connecting with others within a classroom community. This paper discusses a re-conceptualization of children's spirituality through autobiographical experiences and self-reflection that embrace early childhood relationships and involve interconnected transformational and directive spiritual experiences. These spiritual experiences build trustful, moral, relational learning moments in an early childhood classroom with peers. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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