The Little Prince, an introduction to spirituality; a moving experience in religious education for primary school children in a secularized world.

K.H. ter Avest, R. McDougall

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Abstract

In our research the right of the child for spiritual development is central. Grimmitts distinction in teaching in, about and from religion is extended with the concept of teaching for - a concept that connects religion with childrens attitude of wondering as an ontological calling in their life. The question whether a non-religious story can function as a rich learning environment for teaching for, is explored in a picture voice-research design. In a small pilot study with four children in primary school age an episode of the story of The Little Prince was presented as a rich learning environment. We conclude from this pilot that the narration of a non-religious story, together with the childs drawing of the storys critical incident and a subsequent conversation (picture voice) functions as a stepping stone for the development of spirituality.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Pages (from-to)214-217
JournalJournal of Beliefs and Values
Volume2014
Issue number35
Early online date13 Nov 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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