ERIC Number: EJ818028
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Moving towards Faith: An Inquiry into Spirituality in Adult Education
Milacci, Frederick A.
Christian Higher Education, v5 n3 p211-233 Sep 2006
This study examined how eight adult education practitioners understand spirituality. The investigation defined and grounded the notion of spirituality within a specific religious/theological tradition, Christianity broadly defined. Data were collected via informal, conversational, taped interviews, and several themes emerged. The study used these results to interrogate the discourse of spirituality and found several serious problems including: the nondefinition and misuse by the discourse of the term spirituality, the hazards of individualized spirituality caused by imprecise definitions of the term, a failure to address issues of faith substantively, and the separation in the discourse of religion from spirituality. The study concluded that by couching discussions in spiritual terminology, the discourse creates the illusion of confronting or dealing with issues of faith in a substantive manner. In reality, the difficult issues are avoided. The study proposes to move the discussion from issues framed in terms of spirituality towards a discourse of faith.
Descriptors: Christianity, Adult Education, Religious Factors, Spiritual Development, Religion, Interviews, Definitions, Phenomenology, Adult Educators, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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