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Children and Spirituality

Children and Spirituality Author Brendan Hyde
ISBN-10 1846427541
Release 2008-01-15
Pages 192
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Brendan Hyde identifies four characteristics of children's spirituality: the felt sense, integrating awareness, weaving the threads of meaning, and spiritual questing. These characteristics can be observed in children if those who work with them know what to look for and are alert to the time, place and space in which children find themselves. This book provides ways in which schoolteachers and parents can nurture and foster these particular characteristics of children's spirituality. It also considers two factors, material pursuit and trivialising, which may inhibit children's expression of their spirituality. Children and Spirituality will be of great interest to educators, policy makers, parents, and others who work with and seek to nurture the spirituality of children.

The Spiritual Life of Children

The Spiritual Life of Children Author Robert Coles
ISBN-10 9780547524641
Release 1991-10-10
Pages 384
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A look at faith through the voices of children from varied religious backgrounds, by the Pulitzer-winning author of The Moral Intelligence of Children. A New York Times Notable Book What do children think about when they consider God, Heaven and Hell, the value of life in the here and now, and the inevitability of death? Child psychiatrist, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, and Harvard professor Robert Coles spent thirty years interviewing hundreds of children—from South America and Europe to Africa and the Middle East—who are developing concepts of faith even as they struggle to understand its contradictions. Be they Catholic or Protestant, Jewish children from Boston, Pakistani children in London, agnostics, Native Americans, or young Christians in the American South, they offer honest, enlightening and sometimes startling ideas of a spiritual existence. A Hopi girl who knows for a fact that we are resurrected as birds; an African American child who believes God exists as a hurricane to “blow away” drug dealers; a young Christian who needs his faith to cope with the death of his sister, lest she be just “a big heartache to us till the day we die”; and a Tennessee child who rationalizes his belief by admitting that “if there's no God, that's all there is, ashes.” The Spiritual Life of Children is “a remarkable book. The generosity of vision that characterizes Dr. Coles's enterprise enables him to create a climate where words of great beauty and truthfulness can be spoken.” —The New York Times

New Perspectives in Philosophy of Education

New Perspectives in Philosophy of Education Author David Lewin
ISBN-10 9781472513366
Release 2014-10-23
Pages 256
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New Perspectives in Philosophy of Education seeks to build a bridge between philosophical reflection and socio-political action by developing a range of critical discussions in the areas of ethics, politics and religion. This volume brings together established authorities and a new generation of scholars to ask whether philosophy of education can contribute to political and social discourse, or whether it is destined to remain the marginal gadfly of mainstream ideology. The philosophy of education stands in danger of becoming a neglected field at precisely the moment we need to be able to reflect upon the increasingly apparent costs of the technocratic attitude to education. While many of the educational policy discussions of recent years seem far-reaching and radical, critical debate surrounding these initiatives remain largely at a populist level. New Perspectives in Philosophy of Education provides contemporary responses to philosophical issues that bear upon educational studies, policies and practices, contributing to the debate on the role of philosophy of education in an increasingly fractured intellectual milieu.

Encyclopedia of Christian Education

Encyclopedia of Christian Education Author George Thomas Kurian
ISBN-10 9780810884939
Release 2015-05-07
Pages 1678
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This reference work tells the unique history of Christian education and shows how Christian educators pioneered such institutions and reforms as universal literacy, home schooling, Sunday schools, women's education, graded schools, compulsory education of the deaf and blind, and kindergarten.

Autism and Spirituality

Autism and Spirituality Author Olga Bogdashina
ISBN-10 9780857005915
Release 2013-07-28
Pages 272
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Olga Bogdashina argues persuasively that, contrary to popular belief, spirituality plays a vital role in the lives of many people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Drawing on interdisciplinary research from fields as diverse as psychology, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, neuroscience and religion, as well as first-hand experiences of people on the spectrum, she shows how people with ASD experience their inner worlds and sense of self, and how this shapes the spiritual dimension of their lives and vice versa. She presents a coherent framework for understanding the routes of spiritual development and 'spiritual giftedness' within this group, offering insights that will inform understanding of how to support and nurture spiritual wellbeing in people with ASDs. This book gives a voice to both verbal and non-verbal individuals on the autism spectrum whose spiritual experiences, though often unconventional, are meaningful and profound. It is essential reading for all those interested in the spiritual wellbeing of this group, including pastoral carers and counsellors, ministers of religion, spiritual leaders, parents and carers and individuals on the autism spectrum.

The Spirit of the Child

The Spirit of the Child Author David Hay
ISBN-10 9781843103714
Release 2006-01-01
Pages 223
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David Hay argues for the inclusion of spiritual awareness as a cross-curricular element in the school syllabus to promote the development of morality and social cohesion. This stimulating book will encourage educators, parents and others involved in teaching children to consider new approaches to foster children's natural spiritual development.

A Child Sees God

A Child Sees God Author Howard Worsley
ISBN-10 1846429374
Release 2009-04-15
Pages 176
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In A Child Sees God, Howard Worsley explores how we can all learn from a child's perspective of the world and shows how a child's eye view of the Bible reveals many interesting ideas about ethics and morality, and provides new ways of understanding these ancient stories. By asking families to read Bible stories to their children and discuss these stories with them, recording the ensuing conversations, Howard Worsley offers not only fresh insights into the meaning and significance of these stories but also reflections on how adults can use the Biblical text in the company of children at different stages of development. Following the theory that all stories ever written fall into one of seven categories, this book shows that the themes of the Bible are no different, dividing stories into sections containing texts of wonder, adventure and leadership, terror, justice and judgement, comfort and hope, comedy, and mercy and forgiveness. This fresh look at the Bible through the eyes of children will be a fascinating read for parents, teachers, ministers, and anyone with an interest in child spirituality or ethics.

Children Spirituality Loss and Recovery

Children  Spirituality  Loss and Recovery Author Joyce E. Bellous
ISBN-10 9781317988687
Release 2013-09-13
Pages 102
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The book demonstrates the hopeful stance the young take in response to ordinary suffering and significant trauma when adults talk with them about their losses. Its underlying themes convey the truth that loss and recovery are normal in the process of growing to maturity. It examines the strength of the child’s capacity for resilience through partnerships with adults who allow children to focus on the loss and tell the story of its meaning to someone who really hears it. The authors agree that adults need to perceive their own losses so that their attentiveness to the young is informed by wisdom that comes through self-understanding, but also agree that many adults do not offer that help to children because they believe it will make matters worse. The book reveals this fear as a false notion by dealing with childhood traumas such as acquired disability, warfare, HIV/AIDS, death of one’s parents and cultural dislocation. The authors are experienced practitioners who provide practical and theoretical insight into the dynamics of loss and recovery. The book offers hope for those who live and work with children and youth through its studied approach to addressing loss by describing young people’s potential to work towards wholeness even in the face of fundamental losses to their security. This book was published as a special issue of the International Journal of Children's Spirituality.

Children s Spirituality

Children s Spirituality Author Donald Ratcliff
ISBN-10 9781592447114
Release 2004-08-17
Pages 424
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This pacesetting text considers a wide variety of topics related to the spiritual development of children. The chapters grew out of presentations at the first major conference to consider these important topics from a distinctly Christian perspective. The first section considers the important task of defining spirituality and summarizes some views of the spirituality of children, as reflected in history, theology and the Bible. Social influences on children's spirituality are considered, as well as how brain activity relates to spiritual experiences. The second major section highlights children's spirituality in the home. Here the development of the concept of God is considered, as well as how parents and children work together to construct understandings of spirituality. A third section reflects upon the spirituality of children in the church, including alternative perspectives of how spiritual growth and experience are best encouraged in that setting. The distinctive aspects of African American children and Latino children's spirituality are given careful attention. Schools and other settings are examined in the fourth section of the book, with an emphasis upon moral learning, encouraging faith development with preschoolers, how spirituality helps children cope with serious medical conditions and the stresses related to being children of missionaries, and best practices in reaching inner city children. The book concludes with a chapter that examines how Christians' views of children's spirituality are changing, and anticipates a follow up conference in the near future.

The Spiritual Dimension of Childhood

The Spiritual Dimension of Childhood Author Kate Adams
ISBN-10 9781843106029
Release 2008
Pages 160
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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, children's worlds and children's lives.

Assessing and Communicating the Spiritual Needs of Children in Hospital

Assessing and Communicating the Spiritual Needs of Children in Hospital Author Alister W Bull
ISBN-10 9781784501167
Release 2016-11-21
Pages 144
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What is meant by 'spiritual care'? How can we assess and communicate the needs of a child in hospital effectively if we each have conflicting interpretations of 'spiritual'? This book proposes that we use a language of 'connectedness', which can fully express a child's feelings about, and understanding of, their hospital experience, rather than relying on religious or medical language. In doing so, assessments can be made purely on information given by the child and their emotional and spiritual needs can be communicated between professionals using a shared professional language, regardless of their own faith, religion or secular outlook. The book fully explains the concept of connectedness and outlines a practical assessment tool that uses play and storytelling to connect with the child and gather information about their hospital experience, their relationships with others while in the hospital setting, their feelings about their current state and their needs. This book will improve communication between medical practitioners, chaplains and other support services, enabling them to provide the best support for children in their care. It will also be of interest to academics in healthcare, theology and psychology.

The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence

The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence Author Eugene C. Roehlkepartain
ISBN-10 0761930787
Release 2006-01
Pages 543
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The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence breaks new ground by articulating the state of knowledge in the area of childhood and adolescent spiritual development. Featuring a rich array of theory and research from an international assortment of leading social scientists in multiple disciplines, this book represents work from diverse traditions and approaches – making it an invaluable resource for scholars across a variety of disciplines and organizations.


Connectedness Author Arnold Ward
ISBN-10 1412008530
Release 2003
Pages 284
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I saw a need to provide information for people who find difficulty in working out why life can seem so difficult at times (all the time?). The book covers a wide range of information, beginning with the creation of life, and Man's journey through a beginning as pure spirit and its subsequent descent into a material body and now the struggle to return to the spiritual source. It explains that all that we see and touch is actually energy and the energy fields it creates result in all of life, at all levels, being connected. Increasing consciousness is the basic drive and this process is described. There is no limit to the extent that consciousness can expand to and our progress into higher levels of that experience are portrayed in the higher levels of evolution that can be attained, such as the human hierarchy, the logoi of planets and solar systems etc. The path to increases in consciousness lies through re-incarnation and the working out of karma. Due to the efforts of fore-runners of the race we are gradually exposed to the potential before us but we are hestitant in grasping the fact that life does have a deep, inner meaning, and that everything in the universe is actually connected to everything else. The value of science is noted but there is also a broad exposure to such facets of life as the human body, health, realationships, education and beliefs, politics, time and cycles. Despite the extent of the subjects covered it connects them into a workable framework from which to explore matters of interest in more depth. Arnold Ward has had a long interest in the spiritual life f humanity. He has written this book to encourage a deeper consideration of the reason for human life on Earth. The Alice Bailey work and the Arcane school are the foundation for his writing and the contents include: the beginning; energy fields; the environment; evolving consciousness; reincarnation and karma; heirarchy and time. Scientific discoveries, theories outlined, showing how the advancements of today relate to the Ageless Wisdom teachings. Many other subjects are featured including methods of divination, morphogenesis, the environment, health and growth and relationships. Connectedness is a most readable and informative book. The Beacon July/August 2004

Across the Great Divide

Across the Great Divide Author David Ranson
ISBN-10 187629549X
Release 2002
Pages 92
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Challenges the division made popularly today between 'spiritual' and 'religious', asking whether 'spiritual' questions asked now haven't also been explored in existing religious traditions. Suggests how religion and spirituality can be seen as complementary and offers ways to discern the genuineness of types of spirituality being promoted today. Includes notes and further reading list. Author is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay and teaches at the Catholic Institute of Sydney in the fields of spirituality and pastoral theology.

Educating from the Heart

Educating from the Heart Author Aostre N. Johnson
ISBN-10 9781610483155
Release 2011
Pages 172
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This book offers both theoretical overviews and practical approaches for educators, academics, education students and parents who are interested in transforming schools. It encourages reinvigorating approaches to learning and teaching that can easily be integrated into both public and private K-12 school classrooms, with many ideas also applicable to higher education. It supports an educational system based on the beliefs that heart and spirit are intertwined with mind and intellect, and that inner peace, wisdom, compassion, and conscience can be developed together with academic content and skills.

Children s Spirituality

Children s Spirituality Author Rebecca Nye
ISBN-10 0715140272
Release 2009-01-01
Pages 128
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An introduction to the increasingly popular topic of children's spirituality, showing how choices made in churches and homes can stimulate or stifle a child's spiritual development. Suitable for anyone who works with children.

International Handbook of Education for Spirituality Care and Wellbeing

International Handbook of Education for Spirituality  Care and Wellbeing Author Marian de Souza
ISBN-10 9781402090189
Release 2009-10-13
Pages 1238
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Acknowledging and understanding spiritual formation is vital in contemporary education. This book explores the dynamic relationship between education and wellbeing. It examines the theory underpinning the practice of education in different societies where spirituality and care are believed to be at the heart of all educational experiences. The book recognizes that, regardless of the context or type of educational experience, education is a caring activity in which the development of the whole person - body, mind and spirit - is a central aim for teachers and educators in both formal and informal learning. The chapters in this handbook present and discuss topics that focus on spirituality as an integral part of human experience and, consequently, essential to educational programs which aim to address personal and communal identity, foster resilience, empathy and compassion, and promote meaning and connectedness.