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Lubelska, Anna – International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 2012
This article is based on the presentation Anna Lubelska made at the 12th International Conference on Children's Spirituality. Anna is Director of Spiritual England which is a not for profit organisation set up in 2009. Its aim is to promote the importance of spirituality and to help increase access to opportunities for spiritual development. Its…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Religious Factors, Spiritual Development, Peace
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Kiesling, Chris – International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 2011
This study explores the effects of parental divorce on a child's faith. Drawing from attachment theory, Granqvist and Kirkpatrick proposed two probable developmental pathways to religion. For those with secure attachment, whose cumulative experiences of sensitive, religious caregivers enhance the development of a God image as loving; belief…
Descriptors: Divorce, Caregivers, Attachment Behavior, Children
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Surr, John – International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 2012
This article seeks to understand spirituality in newborn children through an exploration of Wordsworth's clouds of glory. First the article explores adult reactions reflecting a newborn child's spirituality. Objective manifestations of spirituality in newborn children, such as love, presence and connection, wonder and meaning, and faith, are…
Descriptors: Religious Factors, Infants, Spiritual Development, Poetry
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Surr, John – International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 2011
This essay reviews recent research about infant attachment, then discusses the implications of this research as they relate to the following specific manifestations of children's spirituality: faith, wonder, relational consciousness, flow (as in a sense of wholeness or unity), and compassion, in the light of other research on children's…
Descriptors: Altruism, Infants, Attachment Behavior, Religious Factors
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Moore, Kelsey; Talwar, Victoria; Bosacki, Sandra – International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 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…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Religious Factors, Spiritual Development
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Peleg, Ora – International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 2010
The current study examines group differences in (1) levels of worry about terror and (2) trait anxiety among a sample of high-school and university students, where groups are defined by cultural affiliation, religious commitment, place of residence, gender and age. The revealed group differences in levels of worry about terror point to the ability…
Descriptors: Jews, Place of Residence, Young Adults, Foreign Countries
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Jacobs, Anne C. – International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 2012
As part of a larger research project into the practice and effectiveness of Life Orientation (LO), a compulsory subject in South African schools, this study investigated the views that teachers have regarding the constructs spirituality and religion within the context of LO. LO attempts to teach skills, attitudes and values from a holistic…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Teaching Methods, Religion, Politics of Education
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Crick, Ruth Deakin; Jelfs, Helen – International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 2011
In this paper we explore the relationship between spirituality and learning how to learn in a faith-based secondary school. The development of a spiritually grounded pedagogy is a way of explicitly attending to spiritual development in teaching, learning and curriculum. The research described here comprises a personalised enquiry project in which…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Foreign Countries, Religious Factors, Teacher Researchers
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Trousdale, Ann – International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 2011
Contemporary trends in the treatment of religion in children's literature represent a dramatic shift from the religious didacticism of past centuries. Books from mainline publishing houses today that deal with religion tend to eschew religious assumptions or doctrine, focusing rather on the questions young people have. This article describes four…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Religious Factors, Religion, Inquiry
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Boynton, Heather Marie – International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 2011
Children's spirituality is a rising area of importance in research within other helping disciplines, which social work should attend to. Epistemology is an important element of research that is often difficult to discern. This article discusses the different epistemological paradigms and identifies pertinent theories in relation to some of the…
Descriptors: Religious Factors, Epistemology, Spiritual Development, Social Work
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Trousdale, Ann; Bach, Jacqueline; Willis, Elizabeth – International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 2010
Reading and discussing poetry with spiritual themes can play a major role in children's spiritual development. The communal, oral recitation of poetry has been a means of spiritual expression in many faith traditions. How would children respond to such a time-honoured oral group experience with poetry? What might it reveal about their…
Descriptors: Freedom, Friendship, Religious Factors, Group Experience