“It is refreshing to see a book such as this which is both broad in its conceptualization of the field of child research and deep in its focus. The volume's editors are paragons of awareness when it comes to the need for interdisciplinary research and theory to illuminate the lives and experience of children.”
– James Garbarino, Loyola University Chicago
“Covers a satisfying and unprecedentedly wide range of research relating to childhood. The contributors include many eminent international scholars of childhood, making the book a valuable resource for child researchers. Child advocates will also find the book to be invaluable in their efforts to improve children's well-being, and to change policies and practices for the better.”
– Anne Smith, University of Otago
“A really scintillating collection that will provide a lasting perspective on child studies - stimulating and comprehensive!”
– Jonathan Bradshaw, University of York
In keeping with global changes in children's social and legal status, this Handbook includes examination of children as family members, friends, learners, consumers, people of faith, and participants in law and politics. The contributors also discuss the methodological and ethical requirements for research that occurs in natural settings and that enables children themselves to describe their perspective.
The book is divided into three parts: Part I: Setting-Specific Issues in Child Research; Part II: Population-Specific Issues in Child Research; Part III: Methods in Research on Children and Childhood
Chapter 5: Children, Religion, and Spiritual Development: Reframing a Research Agenda
Children, Religion, and Spiritual Development: Reframing a Research Agenda
Children's religious and spiritual life is a rich, complex, and sometimes controversial area of research. On the one hand, there is a broad consensus that all children in all societies have, in the words of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the right ‘to freedom of thought, conscience and religion’, and parents and guardians have the rights and duties ‘to provide direction to the child in the exercise of his or her right in a manner consistent with the evolving capacities of the child’ (United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, 1989).
On the other hand, issues of childhood religion and spirituality have ...