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ERIC Number: EJ816164
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1364-436X
An Existential Framework of Spirituality
Webster, R. Scott
International Journal of Children's Spirituality, v9 n1 p7-19 Apr 2004
A holistic approach to spirituality indicates a spiritual development that is relevant for all students and not just for those who have a religious background. However, debates in England surrounding spirituality in education often generally locate it within the religious domain (Blake, 1996; Carr, 1995, 1999; Isherwood, 1999). Conceptualizing spirituality in such a way tends to deny access to this development for non-religious students or students in non-religious contexts. Alternatively the other approaches to spirituality have adopted non-religious viewpoints (see Erricker, 2003, p. 7). Such either/or approaches work against the notion that spirituality should be conceived as intrinsic to the enterprise of education. This paper offers a brief view of a more elaborate existential framework of spirituality which has been developed in order to transcend the religious/secular divide. A short account of Existentialist philosophy is provided before an outline of the framework is discussed.
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Language: English
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