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ERIC Number: EJ819886
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1364-436X
Prayer Is a Positive Activity for Children--A Report on Recent Research
Mountain, Vivienne
International Journal of Children's Spirituality, v10 n3 p291-305 Dec 2005
This article reports on Australian research investigating the meaning and function of prayer for children. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 60 primary school participants selected from six different schools in Melbourne, reflecting some of the diverse philosophical and religious traditions found in the Australian society. The three sources of data were analysed qualitatively using the method of Grounded Theory. Considerable agreement was observed through the data. In the multicultural Australian community, prayer for these children has been shown as a valued aspect of life. All participants indicated that they prayed and all contributed ideas about prayer. All participants perceived prayer to function as an aid in life and it was used at significant moments in life. The words or thoughts in prayer helped to clarify and articulate deep feelings. This research presents recommendations for professionals engaged in religious education, child welfare and the nurture of children's spirituality. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia