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Spirit of the Child

Paperback|Feb 2006
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Spirituality is increasingly acknowledged to be an essential part of child development. 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. While culturally...


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Spirituality is increasingly acknowledged to be an essential part of child development. 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. While culturally constructed pressures and the decline in institutional religion have led to the suppression of spiritual expression, children are, the author maintains, capable of profound and meaningful beliefs from an early age. A three-year research study into young children's spirituality and its survival value informs Hay's view that spirituality in education needs to overcome traditional approaches and should adopt a theory of spirituality that includes religion but is not confined to it. This stimulating book will encourage educators, parents and others involved in teaching children to consider new approaches to foster children's natural spiritual development.
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Spirituality is increasingly acknowledged as an essential part of child development, but at the same time spiritual awareness is not embedded within current education systems. David Hay argues that children are capable of profound, meaningful beliefs from an early age, despite cultural pressures and the decline in institutional religion, and makes the case for spirituality in education as a means of fostering morality and social inclusion. A three-year research study into children's spirituality and its survival informs Hay's view that spirituality in education needs to move beyond traditional approaches to a theory of spirituality that includes religion but is not confined to it. This thought-provoking book encourages educators, parents and others involved in teaching children to consider new approaches to nurture children's development. Book jacket.
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David Hay

David Hay trained as a zoologist and worked for several years in cooperation with Sir Alister Hardys RERU, taking over as Director in 1985. He currently holds an Honorary Senior Research Fellowship in the Department of Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. His books include The Spirit of the Child (with Rebecca Nye (HarperCollins 1998) and Something There: The Biology of the Human Spirit (DLT 2006).

  • Part I: Orientation. 1. What Is Spirituality And Why Is It Important? 2. The Social Destruction Of Spirituality. 3. Children's Spirituality - What We Know Already. 4. A Geography Of The Spirit. Part Ii: Investigation. 5. How Do You Talk With Children About Spirituality? 6. Listening To Children Talking. 7. Identifying The Core Of Children's Spirituality. Part Iii: Reflection 8. The Naturalness Of Relational Consciousness. 9. Nurturing The Spirit Of The Child. 10. Developments Since 1998. Notes. Bibliography. Index.

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