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Teaching for Tolerance, and Freedom of Religion or Belief:

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Fostering Spirituality in Late Modernity:

Brahma Kumaris in the UK

 


TITLE OF THE PROJECT

Fostering Spirituality in Late Modernity: Brahma Kumaris in the UK

 

PEDAGOGICAL CONTEXT

Values education in state schools  

 

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

UK 

 

CONTACT PERSON WITH ADDRESS AND EMAIL

Dr Eleanor Nesbitt

Institute of Education, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL

 

Eleanor.nesbitt@warwick.ac.uk 

 

LANGUAGE(S) OF PUBLICATIONS

English 

 

KEY ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES USED

Religious studies, sociology of religion

 

RELIGIOUS OR LIFE-STANCE PERSPECTIVE

Non-confessional/ multi-faith but related to Hindu context

 

KEY PUBLICATIONS EXPLAINING THE APPROACH

 

Arweck, E. and Nesbitt, E. (2004) ‘Living Values: An Educational Programme – From Initiative to Uptake’, British Journal of Religious Education, 26 (2), 133-49. 

 

Arweck, E. and Nesbitt, E. (2004) ‘Values Education: The Development and Classroom Use of an Educational Programme’, British Educational Research Journal, 30 (2), 245-61.

 

Nesbitt, E. and Arweck, A. (2003) ‘Researching a New Interface between Religions and Publicly Funded Schools in the UK’, International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 8 (3), 239-54.

 

SUMMARY EXPLANATION OF THE APPROACH

Research focused upon Living Values an Educational Programme (LVEP), a values education programme associate with the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University.  The project adopted an ethnographic approach  (using observation and semi-structured interviews as well as analysis of primary sources including values education curriculum materials) with LVEP educators, promoters and users of the curriculum materials.  The developers and promoters of the LVEP materials make connections between these and (in the UK) personal, social and health education and citizenship education and citizenship education.     

 

MORE ELABORATE DESCRIPTION OF KEY PEDAGOGICAL PRINCIPLES  OR RELATED DISCUSSIONS

The research relates to contemporary discussion of spirituality and spiritual development in the context of English schools.  It also raises issues related to the use by some community schools of non-statutory curriculum materials for statutory areas of the curriculum, and issues regarding the relationship between LVEP and personal, social, health and citizenship education in particular.

 


 

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This entry: October 2004