Help or Hindrance? Exploring the effects of Christian nurture upon the whole faith of the child

Holmes, S (2017) Help or Hindrance? Exploring the effects of Christian nurture upon the whole faith of the child. International Journal of Children's Spirituality.

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This paper explores the effects that religious nurture (particularly Christian) may have on the child, seeking to provide indicators of whether faith may be viewed as a help or a hindrance. The desire is to indicate the elements of Christian nurture that are most beneficial to the child, through adoption of a broad rather than restricted lens of Christian faith. The EYFS themes: ‘unique child’, ‘positive relationships’, ‘enabling environments’ and ‘learning and development’ were utilised as a guide for formulating the observational indicators. The five case study children all had actively Christian parents who sought to pass their faith onto their child, but each utilised different approaches of faith nurture, enabling comparison of varying styles. The analytical methodology considered 14 observable elements of the child during play-based interviews. Presentation of this data in radar diagrams facilitated a visual representation of the extent to which faith nurture was a resource for the child. When viewed alongside key attributes of the child’s experiences of faith nurture, tentative conclusions were that if openness, individuality and relational involvement are core components of Christian nurture, this will have a positive impact on the broader landscape of the child’s ongoing faith.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: faith, whole child, nurture, resource
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Early Childhood
Depositing User: Sarah Holmes
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2017 15:24
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2017 15:24

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