A risky business: the potential of groupwork for spiritual education in a classroom of difference
Ota, C. (2006) A risky business: the potential of groupwork for spiritual education in a classroom of difference The International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 11 (1). pp. 125-136. ISSN 1469-8455
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This article considers the notion of difference as we experience it in our daily lives and specifically within the classroom between pupils and teachers. Drawing on research and work with schools in southern England, the paper describes how the unique approach of Working With Others Unit at the University of Brighton has developed a practical process approach to exposing and working with difference in the classroom. In outlining this process and its impact on the class group the paper explores how relationships and difference are recognised, negotiated and utilised in learning. Applying social theory specifically in relation to community and social cohesion, the article uses research to inform and impact of classroom educational theory and practice: it proposes that as well as engaging with the theme of difference this practical approach offers an understanding of spiritual education that is applicable and relevant for today’s classrooms and pupils.
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