UCL Discovery
UCL home » Library Services » Electronic resources » UCL Discovery

Spiritual education as a subspecies of relational education?

Fraser-Pearce, J; (2021) Spiritual education as a subspecies of relational education? British Journal of Religious Education , 44 (1) pp. 112-121. 10.1080/01416200.2021.1877613. Green open access

[thumbnail of 01416200.2021.pdf]
Preview
Text
01416200.2021.pdf

Download (588kB) | Preview

Abstract

Though the promotion of spiritual ‘development’ is statutory in state-maintained schools in England and Wales, it is neither clear what spirituality is nor how schools might educate in this area. In the literature, one finds an array of divergent conceptions of spirituality and spiritual education. There is, indeed, lack of agreement regarding whether spiritual education has any place in schools other than those of a religious character. Some argue that spirituality is beyond definition. I reject the notion that spirituality, and hence spiritual education, is beyond definition. I defend and develop Michael Hand’s ‘education in a spiritual activity’. I argue that spirituality concerns connectivity, or relationship, with the transcendent. This relational understanding of spirituality resembles existing accounts of spirituality as relational and underpins an account of spiritual education as relational education – again resembling existing accounts. However, I distinguish between relational education which concerns a wide range of relationships and spiritual education as a subspecies of relational education which specifically concerns relationship with the transcendent. I argue that reserving the term ‘spiritual’ for relationship with the transcendent would enable teachers and pupils to make the kinds of distinctions which are important in both spiritual education and the wider relational education.

Type: Article
Title: Spiritual education as a subspecies of relational education?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/01416200.2021.1877613
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/01416200.2021.1877613
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Keywords: Spiritual education, spirituality, relational education, religious education
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10124755
Downloads since deposit
63Downloads
Download activity - last month
Download activity - last 12 months
Downloads by country - last 12 months

Archive Staff Only

View Item View Item