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Educating for meaningful lives : through existential spirituality

Webster, Scott 2009, Educating for meaningful lives : through existential spirituality, Sense Publishing, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

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Title Educating for meaningful lives : through existential spirituality
Author(s) Webster, ScottORCID iD for Webster, Scott orcid.org/0000-0002-5253-4894
Publication date 2009
Series Educational futures, rethinking theory and practice ; v. 37
Total pages xv, 238 p.
Publisher Sense Publishing
Place of Publication Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Notes Why are students becoming disengaged from schooling? Many teachers, administrators and designers of policy and curriculum are expressing concern over this issue. Current approaches to schooling are dominated by a perceived need to enable learners to particulate in the knowledge economy. Both knowledge and learning how to learn knowledge have become the primary discourses in schooling - rather than education. School curricula rarely offer any sense of personal significance and for many learners such an approach to the curriculum is meaningless. Educating for meaningful lives must be a central aim for educative curricula. This book offers curriculum designers and teachers a greater understanding of this relation that education has with living significantly meaningful lives and it does so through the notion of existential spirituality. Spirituality is not to be reduced to something religious but rather pertains to how a life is lived. An existential perspective enables the meaningfulness of life to provide the necessary significance which is required of a curriculum if it is to be understood as offering personal meaning for learners. Approaching the design and teaching of curricula through this perspective of existential spirituality enables learners to live a meaningful life in an uncertain world.
ISBN 9460910025
9789460910029
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category A1.1 Books - authored - research
Copyright notice ©2009, Sense Publishing (Springer)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033901

Document type: Book
Collection: School of Education
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