Moriarty, M. (2011). A conceptualization of childrens spirituality arising out of recent research. International Journal of Children's Spirituality,16(3), 271-285. United Kingdom: Routledge. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/1364436X.2011.617730
This paper presents a model of children’s spirituality which provided a structure for conducting some recent research and for analysing the findings. The model consisted of four dimensions of spirituality derived from the literature, namely consciousness, relationality, roadmap and identity, with a central integrating concept of worldview. The hermeneutic phenomenological analysis of material gained from semi-structured interviews with state primary school children led to the conclusion that these four dimensions are closely interlinked, and provided some evidence that children’s spirituality progresses towards a meaningful, integrated sense of Identity. This led to the production of a modified form of this model which provided a progressing, multidimensional conceptual framework which complements the conceptualisations of other researchers in the field of children’s spirituality.
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