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The identification of four characteristics of children's spirituality in Australian Catholic primary schools

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posted on 2008-01-01, 00:00 authored by Brendan HydeBrendan Hyde
In taking its theoretical impetus from hermeneutic phenomenology, the qualitative research reported in this paper aimed to identify characteristics of children's spirituality in Australian Catholic primary schools. The videotaped life expressions of two groups of six children in each of three Australian Catholic primary schools formed the texts of this study. A reflection upon the texts, guided by van Manen's lifeworld existentials, resulted in the identification of four characteristics of these children's spirituality - the felt sense, integrating awareness, weaving the threads of meaning, and spiritual questing. In the light of these findings, some pedagogical implications for nurturing spirituality through the primary religious education curriculum in Catholic schools are proposed.

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Journal

International journal of children's spirituality

Volume

13

Pagination

117-127

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

1364-436X

eISSN

1469-8455

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

2

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

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