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Interest in the spiritual development of young children is a relatively new phenomenon in the field of human development. Awareness of children’s spirituality and spiritual development has increased in recent years partly because of the perception that spirituality is an integral part of human existence and cannot be ignored in educational settings. This awareness has motivated additional research resulting in discussion and opportunities to consider the spiritual development of young children as an essential component in human development. This entry (a) offers an overview of spiritual development in young children, (b) explores the characteristic dimensions of spiritual development, (c) summarizes the work of theorists who have studied children’s spiritual development, and (d) provides implications for teachers to recognize the spiritual development of a young ...

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