Spirituality Matters: An Exploration of Diversity in Teacher Education
The purpose of this paper is to enhance the debate on, and understanding of, issues around the role of spiritual development in learning and in researching the lives of teacher candidates and their students in schools. By implication, diversity in the classroom includes the multiplicity of faith backgrounds represented in many urban settings. Spirituality is connected to many aspects of human existence, ranging from interpersonal relationships to global environmental factors, and underpins the diverse lens through which teacher candidates and their students see the world. Human beings are driven by fundamental questions and seek meaning. The exploration of spiritual, emotional, and moral dimensions of learning and practitioner research raises complex questions. Audience participation will be integral to this paper. Feedback on this experimental approach to teaching human development will be essential to move the discussion forward.
Keywords: Diversity, Teacher Education, Spirituality, Faith Backgrounds
Dr. Martine Jago
Associate Professor of Education, Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Pepperdine University
Dr. Nancy Harding
Associate Professor, Progam Director Teacher Education, Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Pepperdine University