ERIC Number: EJ880261
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Spirituality in Children and Young People: A Suitable Topic for Educational and Child Psychologists?
Ruddock, Beverley; Cameron, R. J.
Educational Psychology in Practice, v26 n1 p25-34 Mar 2010
In this article the concept of spirituality, especially with relation to school age children and young people, is discussed. Some of the possibilities and constraints present in this area are noted, especially the unease with which many researchers and practitioners view such a difficult to define topic and also its traditional association with religious organisations. However, in more recent literature, the spiritual dimension has been seen as a universal human characteristic (within which spirituality in religion is viewed as a sub-set), which is characterised by a deeper state of meaningfulness. In the case of children and young people, modern writers have argued that the encouragement of spiritual growth is important because it is related to a non-material, ethical and self-awareness aspect of their development and is a necessary counterbalance to the attainment-focused demands of the National Curriculum. As an aid to future study in this area, a possible measurement of spirituality in school-aged children (The SQ Pupil Inventory) is reproduced at the end of this article. This inventory represents the work in progress of the late Beverley Ruddock who was carrying out her doctoral research in this topic until her sudden death in late 2008. (Contains 2 tables.)
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Psychologists, Children, Young Adults, Religious Factors, Spiritual Development, Child Psychology, Educational Psychology, Concept Formation, Definitions, Educational Research, Social Theories, Foreign Countries, Measurement Techniques
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom