The Spiritual Dimension of Childhood (Google eBook)

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Apr 15, 2008 - Religion - 160 pages
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This book takes an in-depth look at spirituality and its continual expression in children, to support those working with children in developing their own perceptions and interaction with them. The authors outline exactly what is understood by contemporary spirituality, and discuss the importance of context in a consideration of spirituality. They explore key issues in understanding children's spirituality under three broad headings: children's voices - how they are often lost in the context of spirituality and what the implications of that loss are; children's worlds - how children draw on the spiritual as a means of addressing notions of meaning and value in life; and children's lives - how context shapes the spiritual dimension. Drawing on interdisciplinary perspectives, this accessible book will enrich the working practices of educators and other professionals who work with children, and will also be of interest to parents and anyone interested in children's spirituality.
  

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Contents

Childrens Worlds
57
Childrens Lives
103
Conclusion
144
References
149

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About the author (2008)

Brendan Hyde, Ph.D., is a lecturer in the National School of Religious Education at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia, where he was also awarded his Ph.D. Brendan's research interest is in the spirituality of children. His research interests include exploring the characteristics of children's spirituality, and the implication these have for education in the primary school context.

Kate Adams is a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies at Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln where she prepares students for placements in schools, encouraging them to gain confidence in achieving effective behaviour. Kate has extensive experience as a classroom teacher and SENCO and in training teachers and lecturing in Education Studies. She earned her PhD from the education faculty of the University of Glasgow. Her research interests include the social and emotional well-being of children and how children understand the world. Kate regularly disseminates her work at conferences worldwide, through publications and has appeared in local and national media.

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