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ERIC Number: EJ816160
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-1364-436X
Promoting the Spiritual Development of Sick Children
Pridmore, Pat; Pridmore, John
International Journal of Children's Spirituality, v9 n1 p21-38 Apr 2004
This paper considers whether there are aspects of spiritual pedagogy specific to the education of children who are sick and asks how these concerns are to be addressed. The context of the enquiry is England and Wales where the promotion of the spiritual development of children is a legislative requirement. The focus of the study is on sick children whose treatment requires extended stay in hospital. Such children have hardly been noticed in the continuing debate about spiritual education. Our enquiry has involved analysing literature published in English in the UK and North America. We have supplemented this analysis with primary data from semi-structured interviews with three hospital schoolteachers, two hospital chaplains and the founder of a hospice for children and a "respice" for young people. We argue that what emerges as important in the spiritual education of the sick child has significant implications for the spiritual education of all children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)