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Spirituality and Education for Global Citizenship: Developing Student Teachers' Perceptions and Practice

Woolley, Richard ORCID: (2008) Spirituality and Education for Global Citizenship: Developing Student Teachers' Perceptions and Practice. International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 13 (2). pp. 145-156. ISSN 1364-436X

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Education for Global Citizenship (E4GC) offers many opportunities to explore spirituality and a sense of how one fits into the world at a range of levels. Beyond the Curriculum Boundaries is a project that enables student teachers to consider E4GC alongside issues of multiculturalism, antiracism and democracy education, with a strong focus on religious education and geography. This paper outlines the ethos behind the project, identifies key elements and themes, appraises student responses, and evaluates key learning points. Student teachers respond to the module in a variety of ways that inform their learning and teaching, and development takes place on both personal and professional levels: as the project has developed the awareness of children’s worldviews and the sense of interconnectedness with others has grown, adding an increasingly spiritual dimension to learning. This article argues that E4GC provides an effective vehicle for supporting the often‐overlooked spiritual dimension of children development.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: global citizenship, initial teacher education, children's spirituality, primary education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
Depositing User: Richard Woolley
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2012 11:14
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 16:56

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