Date of Submission
Hyde, B. (2005). Identifying some characteristics of children's spirituality in Australian Catholic primary schools: a study within hermeneutic phenomenology (Doctoral thesis, Australian Catholic University). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.4226/66/5a94b2555e4b3
This qualitative research study aimed to identify, through classroom observation and conversation, some characteristics of children's spirituality in Australian Catholic primary schools. In the context of this study, spirituality was described as an essential human trait. While much of the recent literature in the field describes spirituality in terms of connectedness and relationality, in this study spirituality was described as a movement towards Ultimate Unity (de Souza, 2004a, 2004b), whereby at the deepest and widest levels of connectedness, an individual's true Self may experience unity with Other. Spirituality was also described as the outward expression of such unity in terms of how one acts towards Other.
School of Religious Education
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Faculty of Education