ERIC Number: EJ836397
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Publication Date: 2009-May
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A Spirituality of the Desert for Education: The Call of Justice beyond the Individual or Community
Joldersma, Clarence W.
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v28 n3 p193-208 May 2009
This paper argues for an alternative notion of spirituality for education, based on Theo de Boer's idea of a spirituality of the desert. Rather than depicting an inner, additional region named the spiritual, spirituality here is thought of as a discourse that depicts the everyday world in a particular way. In dialogue with David Purpel's analysis, the paper argues for a notion of spirituality that is located in an ongoing oscillation between "the individual" and "the community." This oscillation turns out to be the call of justice. This analysis helps understand classroom dynamics differently, providing a place of critique for current practices.
Descriptors: Justice, Moral Values, Religious Factors, Educational Philosophy, Criticism, Teaching Methods, Educational Environment
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