Observing Christian Faith during the Childhood Years

Holmes, S (2016) Observing Christian Faith during the Childhood Years. International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 21 (3-4). pp. 177-190. ISSN 1364-436X (Print) 1469-8455 (Online)

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Abstract

This paper presents the treasure and cultivate model as a research tool for observing Christian faith in the childhood years. The model seeks to treasure and preserve the natural and innate aspects of a child’s faith and spirituality, whilst simultaneously seeking to develop and cultivate other facets. It is proposed that this balanced approach leads to a childhood faith that is both wholesome and a resource to the child. Observation and logging of a child’s faith in this way provides a tool that allows surveying of characteristics that may influence faith. In the future, this research tool may be used to inform those who seek to foster a child’s religious faith in order that such nurture may be both healthy and resourceful. The paper describes a research project of 61 children aged three to thirteen years old, from six Christian denominations in North West England.

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Additional Information and Comments: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article submitted for consideration in International Journal of Children's Spirituality [copyright Taylor & Francis]; International Journal of Children's Spirituality is available online at "http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1364436X.2016.1217194."
Keywords: Christian faith; childhood; treasure; cultivate; nurture
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Early Childhood
Depositing User: Sarah Holmes
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2017 10:00
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2017 10:00
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1839

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