ERIC Number: EJ898718
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Reference Count: 13
"The Fun Thing about Studying Different Beliefs Is that ... They Are Different"--Kindergartners Explore Spirituality
Mardell, Ben; Abo-Zena, Mona M.
Young Children, v65 n4 p12-17 Jul 2010
Young children are actively working to make sense of the world, including what it means when people disagree about deeply held beliefs. Early childhood is a time when understandings of differences are formed. Guided explorations about differences in beliefs are important because they help children develop healthy attitudes about spiritual plurality, and they cultivate meaningful home-school relations with diverse families. This article is for early childhood teachers, administrators, and families interested in helping young children develop positive views about diverse spiritual beliefs and the people who embrace them. The article is based on a project in which Max, Emily, Robert, and their 15 classmates studied their own and others' understanding of creation, heaven, and the divine at the Eliot-Pearson Children's School, a lab school at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. The Children's School is an inclusion model early childhood center serving 3-year-olds through second-graders. The article is organized around five questions readers may have about the project: (1) Why was this project undertaken?; (2) What did the project involve?; (3) What did the parents say?; (4) What did the teachers learn?; and (5) What did the children learn?
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Kindergarten, Beliefs, Religious Factors, Family School Relationship, Cultural Pluralism, Inclusive Schools, Laboratory Schools, Religion
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts