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ERIC Number: EJ987826
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1364-436X
Canadian Children's Perceptions of Spirituality: Diverse Voices
Moore, Kelsey; Talwar, Victoria; Bosacki, Sandra
International Journal of Children's Spirituality, v17 n3 p217-234 2012
Few researchers have explored children's understandings of spirituality. Thus, Canadian children from different religious, spiritual and cultural backgrounds were asked open-ended questions concerning their spiritual thoughts, beliefs and experiences. Parents of participants completed a demographic questionnaire and reported children's religious affiliation. Regardless of children's religious background, six prominent themes emerged: (1) Positive feelings when praying or thinking about God, (2) God's location, (3) God helps, (4) God as a listener, (5) Soul and spirit and (6) God is a comforter. Despite diverse faith orientations, children's responses reflected similar conceptualisations of God as a listener and helper, and conversations with God served as a source of comfort and elicited feelings of happiness. Discussion involves educational implications of children's spirituality for diverse learning contexts. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada