Exploring the Spirituality of Childhood
Author: Pottebaum, Gerard (Ed.)(1998)
The First National Conference on the Spiritual Life of Children was a conference sponsored by the Human Foundations Institute. This collection of papers from the conference includes several notable scholars in education and religion, as well as discussions that took place during the conference
Faith Development in Early Childhood – Buy it now
Author: Blazer, Doris (1989)
This book is a compilation of plenary sessions from The 1987 Kanuga National Symposium on Faith Development in Early Childhood, held at the Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, North Carolina. A wide variety of researchers and practitioners from across the United States attended this conference. The theories of Fowler, Erickson, and Skinner are predominant in these chapters More details at: http://childspirituality.org/database/books.htm
God of the Empty-Handed: Poverty, Power & the Kingdom of God – Buy it Now!
Author: Jayakumar Christian
The book addresses the problem of poverty, here seen as the "power that keeps the poor powerless".
Godly Play – Buy it Now!
Author: Berryman, Jerome (1991)
Berryman’s work is a philosophical and methodologically-centered presentation of a model of encouraging children to reflect upon and experience spiritual reality. While at best the "research" reflected in this book can be considered informal in nature, the Godly Play method has been studied more formally by Catherine Stonehouse (see below) and by others. He adapted this approach from the work of Sofia Cavalleti, under whom he studied, and who is also listed below as an informal researcher.
Good news and good works – Buy it Now!
Author: Ronald J. Sider
Promotes an authentic, biblical faith and suggests ways to combine evangelism with social action for effective witness in today’s world.
Author: Chris Sugden
"Mission as Transformation" has become a mainstream definition of mission in orthodox Christian circles, especially in the Two-Thirds World and among those involved with ministry to the poor. Gospel, Culture and Transformation explores the practice of mission especially in relation to transforming cultures and communities. This stirring book studies mission in the context of the work of leading Indian mission theologian, Canon Dr. Vinay Samuel.
Author: Wuthnow, Robert (1999)
A significant retrospective study of American Christians and Jews, documenting important memories and experiences during childhood that continue to shape adults in their daily lives. The emphasis is upon family life and significant relationships during childhood and their influence on faith and understandings of God.
Handbook of Children’s Religious Education – Buy it Now!
Author: Ratcliff, Donald (Ed.)(1992)
Handbook of Preschool Religious Education – Buy it Now!
Author: Ratcliff, Donald (Ed.)(1988)
Handbook of Preschool Religious Education is an exhaustive and comprehensive treatment of the entire field of early childhood religious education.
Joining Children on the Spiritual Journey – Buy it Now!
Author: Stonehouse, Catherine (1998)
Catherine Stonehouse has summarized many different areas of research related to children’s spirituality. She includes an introduction to Jerome Berryman’s Godly Play approach, on which she has conducted research for several years with both rural Kentucky and urban Toronto children–see her "Knowing God in Childhood" in the Christian Education Journal, Vol. 5NS, No. 2, Fall, 2001.
Leading Teams: Setting the stage for Great Performances – Buy it Now!
Author: Richard Hackman
Outlines what leaders can do to structure, support, and guide teams in a way that enhances the social processes essential to collective work. Offers a new and provocative way of thinking about and leading work teams in any organizational setting.
Measuring and Monitoring Children’s Well-Being – Buy it Now!
Author: Asher Ben-Arieh,Israel National Council for the Child,Natalie Hevener Kaufman
Author: Vinay Samuel and Christopher Sugden
"A must read for all who believe in the Lordship of Christ and are serious in going beyond the slogans to the magnetic discovery and credible practice of the whole church taking the whole Gospel to the whole world. Through the authentic and often prophetic voices of its contributors … the book explicates the transforming power of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God as it engages the kingdoms of this world and their multifaceted realities in need of both redemptive actions and transformative processes." — Peter Kuzmic
Precious in His Sight: Childhood and Children in the Bible – Buy it Now!
Author: Zuck, Roy (1996)
Roy Zuck, Senior Professor Emeritus of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary, provides perhaps the most extensive summary of biblical content related to children. Virtually every verse in scripture that mentions or alludes to children is included in this volume. While Bible scholars and theologians have been criticized for ignoring children in their work, Zuck corrects this oversight with detailed consideration of what the Bible says about youngsters.
More details at: http://childspirituality.org/database/books.htm
Psychological Studies on Spiritual and Religious Development: Being Human, the Case of Religion, Volume 2
Author: Reich, K. Helmut; Fritz Oser; W. George Scarlett (Eds.) (1999)
This book is one of a series published by Pabst Science Publishers in Lengerich, Germany, and is published in English but rather difficult to locate, even though a Scottsdale, Arizona outlet is mentioned (the company web page is located at http://www.pabst-publishers.de
). Particularly noteworthy are contributions by Scarlett, Nye, Smoliak, and Oser’s recent work on wisdom.
More details at: http://childspirituality.org/database/books.htm
Author: Hyde, Kenneth (1990)
This book includes more than 500 pages summarizing approx. 1800 research studies related to children’s & adolescents’ religious thinking and behavior.60 pages of extensive detail on methodological and conceptual aspects of the research: "The definition of religion in psychology," "Problems in the measurement of religion," "Religious orientations," "Religious knowledge and religious understanding," "The cognitive basis of religion," "Metaphor comprehension in childhood," and "Attitude to religion–theoretical considerations."
Religious Development in Childhood and Adolescence – Buy it Now!
Author: Oser, Fritz; George Scarlett (Eds.)(1991)
This volume is part of the Jossey-Bass Education Series titled "New Directions for Child Development," which involves quarterly publication of a book on selected topics (this is the Summer, 1991 issue, number 52 in the series). Several major researchers contributed to this volume, coedited by W. George Scarlett who teaches child study at Tufts University in Massachusettes.
More details at: http://childspirituality.org/database/books.htm
Religious Development in Childhood and Youth: An Empirical Study – Buy it Now!
Author: Tamminen, Kalevi (1991)
Kalevi Tamminen has spent much of his professional life studying the religious experiences, beliefs, concepts, and activities of Finnish children. Now in retirement, he preserved his legacy in one of the few English translations of his work. Published by the Finnish Academy of Science, this is a volume that includes Tamminen’s methodological insights as well as what he discovered about children’s religious development and spirituality.
Religious Judgement: A Developmental Approach – Buy it Now!
Author: Oser, Fritz; Paul Gmunder (1991).
Fritz Oser is at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, and is well-known for his theory of religious judgement. One of the most distinctive aspects of Oser’s theory is that it suggests that religious development, and thus children’s spirituality, is different from other areas of development in that there is a distinctive mental structure that accounts for spiritual experience. Many prior researchers assumed–explicitly or implicitly–that religious thinking and experience is exactly like all other thought and experience.
Religious Thinking from Childhood to Adolescence – Buy it Now!
Author:Goldman, Ronald (1964/1984).
A classic study of children’s religion, this controversial book concentrates upon children’s cognitive understandings of religion. While the research is heavily colored by Piagetian theory, and encouraged many religious educators–particularly those in the United Kingdom, but also in many other countries–to take seriously the need to conduct research on children’s faith and religion.
Research on Religious Development: A Comprehensive Handbook – Buy it Now!
Author:Strommen, Merton (Ed.)(1971).
This classic, now more than thirty years old, includes notable contributions from many scholars who have become well-known in education, religion, sociology and other disciplines. More than 900 pages in length, it remains without question the most complete summary of the literature prior to 1970, the only serious rival in more recent years being the summary of the literature by Kenneth Hyde. More details at: http://childspirituality.org/database/books.htm
Spiritual Education: Cultural, Religious, and Social Differences – Buy it Now!
Author: Erricker, Jane; Cathy Ota; Clive Erricker (2001)
This book, first in a series, presents many of the papers presented at the 1st International Conference on Children’s Spirituality, held in Chichester, England. The conference was a landmark event in the study of children’s spirituality, and has continued to be held each summer. The conference emphasizes spirituality across a wide variety of religions, as well as secular spirituality. This is a rich resource of materials from which one can draw ideas and methods that fit one’s specific context of spiritual education.
Stages of Faith and Religious Development: Implications for Church, Education, and Society – Buy it Now!
Author: Fowler, James; Karl Nipkow; Friedrich Schweitzer (Eds.)(1991)
Originally written in German, published in 1988, then was later translated into English with the help of several of the authors and students at Emory University. It includes a cross-section of international authors, yet is not as tied to the broad spectrum of religious development research as some other books listed here. Instead, the focus is on several major theories, critiques of those theories, alternatives to those theories, and applications of theories.
Author: Rizzuto, Ana-Maria (1979).
This is a classic study cited by many researchers, involving psychoanalytic perspectives of how the concept of God develops in childhood. Heavily influenced by Freudian theory and object relations theory, the research involved a pilot study at Boston State Hospital and clinical research with twenty psychiatric residents at a private hospital.
Author: Bunge, Marcia (2001)
An outcome of a research initiative associated with the University of Chicago and funded by the Lilly Endowment, "The Child in Christian Thought" was a project directed by Marcia Bunge between 1998 and 2000. The writings that came out of this project addressed the marginalization of children in contemporary theology by encouraging scholars to investigate the theology of children throughout church history.
Author: Heller, David (1986)
The author of this book analyzed children’s drawings, letters to God, interviews, and play to form conclusions about their understandings of God. He included an equal number of Catholic, Jewish, Hindu, and Baptist children, 40 total, all Americans from the Ann Arbor, Michigan area. However, some have noted that Heller focused on the family’s contribution to children’s religious concepts, minimizing the influence of the church and synagogue, as well as the importance of ritual, language, and tradition.
Author: Vinay Samuel and Christopher Sugden (Eds.)
In the papers collected here writers from five continents consider whether the Bible indicates any method for ministry among the poor; the place of the poor in God’s plan; God’s purpose and the movement of human history; the nature of the gospel of the kingdom; and the interrelation of the gospel and human culture. In addition to the individual papers, the book includes the statement "Transformation," which was produced by the consultation as a whole.
Author: Erricker, Clive; Jane Erricker; Danny Sullivan; Cathy Ota; Mandy Fletcher (1997).
This volume, authored primarily by British educators Clive and Jane Erricker, provides an overview of spirituality education that is more secular than religious in nature, but does not preclude the latter. The Errickers are well known for the journal they edit, International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, as well as their annual conferences in children’s spirituality. This group of relatively informal studies is suggestive of how spirituality education can be used and adapted to specific children in specific contexts.
The Religious Potential of the Child: 6 to 12 Years Old – Buy it Now!
Author: Cavalletti, Sofia (2002)
This book extends Cavelletti’s approach to school-aged children, based upon the methods of religious education suggested by Maria Montesorri. This version of the book was edited by Margaret Brennan and the director of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Tina Lillig. An update on the research related to this approach was presented by Kathleen Garness in June, 2003 at the Children’s Spirituality Conference: Christian Perspectives. http://childspirituality.org/database/books.htm
The Religious Potential of the Child: Experiencing Scripture and Liturgy with Young Children, 2nd edition – Buy it Now!
Author: Cavalletti, Sofia (1992)
Cavalletti’s "research"–is informal in nature, yet it has impacted later more formal research, as well as a variety of approaches to religious education. Cavalleti’s approach is compared with more traditional approaches to the religious education of children. This ground-breaking book is a slightly revised version of the original The Religious Potential of the Child Published by Paulist Press in 1979/1982.
Author: Hay, David; with Rebecca Nye (1998)
For many people, this was a ground-breaking research study, conducted by Rebecca Nye as part of her doctoral study, and given a theoretical and philosophical context by David Hay. Rebecca Nye now heads a research program in children’s spirituality at Cambridge University, and at the time of the writing David Hay chaired a research group at Oxford University. Many, perhaps most, subsequent research studies made use of their definitions of "spirituality" and the broad perspective of spirituality that encompasses all children everywhere.
Author: Coles, Robert (1990)
Coles is perhaps the best-known current American researcher in the area of children’s moral development. In his prior research he noticed that children had significant and deep religious experiences and views, and thus he eventually initiated his own research that included children from a number of countries and several religions, including youngsters who had no religious faith. Across nationalities and ethnic groups, as well as across children of various religious faiths–or no faith at all–he found a common spiritual nature that he describes in detail.
Author: Roehlkepartain, Eugene (1993)
While this fine book relates to church-based Christian education in general, many sections summarize research conducted by the Search Institute on children’s ministry and church ministry that significantly influences children’s lives. During the summer of 2003 the Search Institute received a major research grant to conduct additional research of the spiritual lives of children, a long-term project to be coordinated by Eugene Roehlkepartain
Author: Brusselmans, Christine (1980)
This compilation was the outcome of a conference at the Abbey of Senanque located in the southern area of France during the summer of 1979. Twenty scholars from the United States, Canada, and Europe discussed their research and considered the implications for education, the results of which are reflected in this book. Many of the contributors were or later became leading scholars in education and religious education.
Walking With the Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development – Buy it Now!
Author: Bryant L. Myers
The purpose of the book is to describe a proposal for understanding the principles and practice of transformational development (positive material, social and spiritual change) from a Christian perspective. It is my intention to try to bring together the basic streams of thinking and experience. The best of the principles and practice of the international development community needs to be integrated with the thinking and experience of Christian relief and development nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).