This book deals with the key professional issues faced by students on teacher training courses and practicing primary teachers.

Spiritual Development, Moral Development and Citizenship Education

Spiritual development, moral development and citizenship education

The following topics and issues are covered in this chapter:

  • the broad-ranging interpretations of spiritual development;
  • moral development and the values that underpin it;
  • citizenship education;
  • pressure on these areas of the curriculum in a content-laden curriculum;
  • a whole-school approach to spiritual and moral development and citizenship;
  • classroom activities for promoting spiritual and moral development and citizenship;
  • the use of Circle Time;
  • citizenship across the curriculum;
  • the contribution of school councils; and
  • spiritual education and RE.

The central importance of primary school education in relation to a child's development as an individual is underlined in the following assertion from the Norwegian Core Curriculum, which will resonate with the aspirations of teachers in many countries: ‘When children start school they start upon a great ...

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