Volume 3 of the Spirituality and Ethics in Education series bring together textual, empirical and pedagogical approaches to enriching spiritual education as a significant multi-disciplinary and cross-curricular influence in the modern world. The chapters presented have been selected from international contributions presented at the 3rd International Conference on Spiritual Education. The writers include prominent international researchers in the discipline from the UK, the United States, Canada, Australia and China. The strengths of the book lie in its international appeal, research-based orientation, and interdisciplinary character. The book will be the first coherent presentation of spiritual education as a distinctive field of academic enquiry in its own right.
Cathy Ota is Research Fellow, Education Research Centre, University of Brighton. Clive Erricker is County Inspector for Religious Education, Hampshire. The volume editors are co-editors of the "International Journal of Children's Spirituality"
Contents: Introduction by Cathy Ota and Clive Erricker; Spirituality and Religiosity in Catholic and Coptic Orthodox Schools: Implications for Religious School Communities; "And What Do the Children Say?" Children's Responses to Books About Spiritual Matters; North American Indian Spirituality in the World of Western Children: Neo-Colonialism in a Post-Colonial Society; Issues of Identity for 'Asian' Girls in Britain; Why Religious Teaching Goes Wrong: Grace and Play as the Basis of Spiritual Experience; Spirituality in Young Adolescents: Thinking Developmentally; The Spiritual and the Fantastical - George MacDonald's "Wise Woman"; Faith and Social Intimacy: Learning for Life; How Metaphors Structure Our Spiritual Understanding; The Chinese Approach to Learning: Chinese Calligraphy; Encountering Tradition in a Postmodern Context; Reading and Responding to Biblical Texts: Aesthetic Distance and the Spiritual Journey; The Spiritual Dimension of the Curriculum: What are school inspectors looking for and how can we help them find it?; Teachers' Values and Spiritualities: From Private to Public; Faith Education of Children in the Context of Adult; Migration and Conversion: The Discontinuities of Tradition; Metaphors of Spiritual Education: Fight and Blessing; The Contributors; Index.