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Spirituality : providing guidance through uncertainty ®

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posted on 2002-01-01, 00:00 authored by Scott Webster
Spirituality has all too often been neglected by both the practices and the profession of education. In these times of great uncertainty the spiritual dimension needs to be developed in order for people to more effectively navigate their way. This paper specifically examines what is understood by 'spirituality' and argues why and how it should be developed. Briefly, this dimension refers to what the meaning of life and one's self-identity are understood to be. Every person can therefore be considered to be spiritual to some extent, not just the religious.

Furthermore it considers that meaning-making, self-identity, choices, decisions and motivation, largely emerge from one's spirituality. By developing this dimension, personal well-being is enhanced and people can gain a more effective understanding of themselves and their world, elucidating what purposes are worthwhile for them to pursue.

There is an increasing interest being given to spirituality mainly from the fields of psychology, the work-place, some aspects of the New Age movement (especially self-help courses) and now also by education. It is argued that spiritual development, which is claimed to be facilitated by philosophical approaches within communities of inquiry, benefits both the learners of educational programmes and also ourselves as researchers.

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Event

Australian Association for Research in Education. Conference (2002 : Brisbane, Queensland)

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1 - 16

Publisher

Australian Association for Research in Education

Location

Brisbane, Queensland

Place of publication

Coldstream, Vic.

Start date

2002-12-01

End date

2002-12-05

ISSN

1324-9320

Language

eng

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Reproduced with kind permission of the copyright owner.

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E1.1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2002, AARE

Editor/Contributor(s)

P Jeffrey

Title of proceedings

AARE 2002 : Problematic futures : educational research in an era of uncertainty ; Proceedings of the 2002 Australian Association for Research in Education conference

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