Initial primary teacher education students and spirituality

Rogers, Geoffrey A. & Hill, Doug (2002) Initial primary teacher education students and spirituality. International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 7(3), pp. 273-289.

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In recent years there has begun to be a resurgence of interest in educating the whole child in response to an over emphasis on basic skills teaching. In the study reported in this article, initial primary teacher education students at a regional Australian university were asked to explore and discuss their beliefs about the notion of spirituality. A survey was one of the instruments used and the responses obtained were placed into one of five categories or dimensions of spirituality. These included spirituality and self (reflection); religion; nature (environment/universe); relationships; and major life events (birth/marriage/death). Each of these categories are discussed in relation to a similar study conducted in the United Kingdom. Some implications for teacher educators and their initial primary teacher education students are discussed. These implications are able to help both groups work towards a more spiritually sensitive curriculum which seeks to recognise spiritual development as integral and central for providing a holistic education for all children.

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ID Code: 18770
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/1364436022000023194
ISSN: 1364-436X
Deposited On: 15 Mar 2009 22:37
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 17:08

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