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The Spirit of the Child

The Spirit of the Child

Revised Edition

David Hay
With Rebecca Nye

Paperback: £15.99 / $26.95

2006, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 224pp
ISBN: 978-1-84310-371-4, BIC 2: HRLK JMC JN

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Spirituality is increasingly acknowledged to be an essential part of child development. David Hay argues for the inclusion of spiritual awareness as a cross-curricular element in the school syllabus to promote the development of morality and social cohesion.

While culturally constructed pressures and the decline in institutional religion have led to the suppression of spiritual expression, children are, the author maintains, capable of profound and meaningful beliefs from an early age. A three-year research study into young children's spirituality and its survival value informs Hay's view that spirituality in education needs to overcome traditional approaches and should adopt a theory of spirituality that includes religion but is not confined to it.

This stimulating book will encourage educators, parents and others involved in teaching children to consider new approaches to foster children's natural spiritual development.