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In the lonely woods Dark birds fly through deep Green leaves Not a soul walks through (Adain, 8-9 years)
Bertha (7-8 Years)
What is Spirituality? An Awareness, Experiential, Personal, Transcendence & Relational, Broader than Religion Rationale Gap between policy, research and practice of spiritual development in England.
“I feel ... Powful [powerful]” Nicholas (7-8 Years)
Research Pupils’ experiences and learning with relation to a literature-derived spiritual development programme .
Research Questions What experiences are encountered by pupils during the Spiritual development programme? What did the pupils learn during the programme?
[Pupils have learnt] To go on a journey and know myself more deeply and find out what makes me special or what makes me, me really. (Teacher, Class 5)
Programme Focus Silence, focusing, meaning, reflection, questioning, kinesthetic awareness, use of one’s imagination, and communication and sharing Methodology: Phenomenography Empirical education research method. Understand pupils’ experiences in different learning environments. Phenomenographic analysis: Categories of Description.
“Who holds the world?” (Caitlyn, 7-8 Years)
Now I know I don’t have to open my eyes to see something (Callum, 7-8 years)
Mixed Methods Interviews, Diaries (text & drawings), Discussions Sample 2 schools: London 51 pupils & 4 teachers and teaching assistants
“Lemio: it is special because it is peaceful” (Marguerite, 7-8 Years)