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ERIC Number: EJ821053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0957-5146
Strangely Familiar?--Teachers Making Sense of Young Children's Spiritual Development
Eaude, Tony
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v25 n3 p237-248 Nov 2005
I discuss philosophical and methodological difficulties in researching young children's spiritual development. I describe my research involving detailed discussions with, and observations of, 14 teachers of 4- and 5-year-olds. I highlight key issues, including what distinguishes spiritual from other sorts of development, the nature of children's spiritual experience and to what extent young children can and do engage in spiritual experience. Drawing on a critical evaluation of common features of the teachers' understanding, I sketch out features of a new and inclusive understanding of spiritual experience as that which relates to identity, place and purpose. I consider possible implications, in terms of policy, professional development and practice, based on the conclusion that environments and relationships are more important than specific experiences, techniques and skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom