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ERIC Number: EJ947109
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1364-436X
A Conceptualization of Children's Spirituality Arising out of Recent Research
Moriarty, Micheline Wyn
International Journal of Children's Spirituality, v16 n3 p271-285 2011
This paper presents a model of children's spirituality which provided a structure for conducting some recent research and for analysing the findings. The model consisted of four dimensions of spirituality derived from the literature, namely consciousness, relationality, roadmap and identity, with a central integrating concept of worldview. The hermeneutic phenomenological analysis of material gained from semi-structured interviews with state primary school children led to the conclusion that these four dimensions are closely interlinked, and provided some evidence that children's spirituality progresses towards a meaningful, integrated sense of Identity. This led to the production of a modified form of this model which provided a progressing, multidimensional conceptual framework which complements the conceptualisations of other researchers in the field of children's spirituality. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia