Listening to children's views of spiritual and metaphysical concepts: A new dimension to educational psychology practice

Gersch, I, Dowling, F, Panagiotaki, G and Potton, A (2008) Listening to children's views of spiritual and metaphysical concepts: A new dimension to educational psychology practice. Educational Psychology in Practice, 24 (3). pp. 225-236. ISSN 1469-5839

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Abstract

Educational psychologists (EPs) have for many years been developing techniques for listening to children. The aim of the present research was to investigate ways of listening to the “spiritual” views of children in order to develop questions that educational psychologists might use as part of the assessment repertoire. The study explored children’s spiritual concepts such as their purpose for “being on the planet” and the “meaning of their life”. The findings suggest that primary and secondary school children from mixed religious backgrounds can respond to spiritual questions in a clear way. In addition, most children believed that spiritual views influence how children behave. Further research is required to explore whether children’s views of spiritual concepts are linked to learning and progress in school and in life.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2010 11:09
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2019 00:57
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/12645
DOI: 10.1080/02667360802256782

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