Using Visualisations to Develop theAesthetic Aspects of Spiritual Literacy.        Emma McVittie & Paul Smalley   @EmmaMcV...
The Theory Behind the PracticeThe project draws on a variety of theoretical constructs which were used to structure the pr...
Spirituality - multi-dimensional“An inclusive education for spiritual development would need  to begin from the fact that ...
Spiritual Development v Spiritual LiteracyBelousa (2009) – talks about the “manifestations of a  persons inner way” in a “...
Mapping the spiritual experienceHay and Nye (1996) Categories of spiritual sensitivity for young childrenIngersoll (1996) ...
Aesthetic AspectsWhitehead (2010) Physical LiteracyPsychosynthesis (Assagioli, 1911) – roots in psychology and counselling...
Pilot Structure and ContentRelaxation and preparation exercisesVisualisationDiscussionReflective activityInterviews 5-10 m...
Data Snippets....The data that follows has been tentatively analysed and clearly supports the theory of psychosynthesis.Th...
@EmmaMcV   @PabloPedantic
@EmmaMcV   @PabloPedantic
Emergent Themes – Part 1Self awareness:                    Saw own reflection in the waterAwareness of relationships      ...
Emergent Findings – Part 2“The pebble helped me to remember my garden”“I found my pebble in a hole, I found it straight   ...
Tentative ConclusionsLinks to dimensions and categories of spiritualityThe artefact appears to trigger memory (Bone, 2007)...
Future PlansSecondary PilotLarge scale study – October 2012Primary and secondary schools nationwideProject leaders will co...
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  • Bone (p204) your highlight - cf identity theories of Beijard (2004) Bondi & Davidson (2005) Baumann 2004 Smalley 2011: 9 "It is a “relational phenomenon” (Beijard, 2004: 108) which evolves and develops over time, throughout a person‟s life, according to the experiences which that person is subject to and the context within which those experiences take place."
  • Wright “ Spirituality is the relationship of the individual, within community and tradition, to that which is – or is perceived to be – of ultimate concern, ultimate value and ultimate truth, as appropriated through an informed, sensitive and reflective striving for spiritual wisdom.”
  • Belousa An interdisciplinary understanding of spirituality An holistic perspective for the learner
  • Hay and Nye – categories. Just want to pick up on a few that relate to the project Awareness sensing Here and Now - the here and now experience of the child during the visualisation will be more intense than the recollection/reflection and indeed may not be able to be replicated in the reflective activity. Tuning – the same kind of awareness that arises in heightened aesthetic experiences. Eg MUSIC It is different to listening to someone talk. We don't need a language construct to make sense of it or feel/react to it. An inner communication, sensitivity. Flow – 'action and awareness become merged' We become lost in the moment....a good book, a run, a conversation. A liberating feeling that the activity is managing itself. Can flow be achieved through use of the visualisation? Mystery Sensing Awe and wonder – possible within the vis Imagination – H and N talk about this great ability that children have to 'let go' within guided vis. This provides a rich environment in which to explore children's values and experiences. Ingersoll – the dimensions of spiritual wellness Spiritual freedom – forget oneself - flow Present-centredness – the here and now Fisher – domains of spiritual well-being Personal, Communal, Environmental and Global Elton-Chalcraft – dimensions of spirituality Inner, social/moral, environmental, transcendental
  • Whitehead Tacit knowledge (Polyani, 1960) – implied. A level below consciousness. Often assoc with intuition It is this tacit knowledge, a sub-conscious interaction with an experienced environment, which may be developed through the use of guided visualisation. Once the dualist view of spirit and body is abandoned, an interaction with imagined phenomena may have just as much effect on the lived embodiment as an interaction with physical phenomena. Psychosynthesis The importance of the spiritual dimension in human nature. A recognition of past experiences and how they weave into your life. Visualisations plug into this 'superconscious' – could be linked to the idea of spiritual dimensions – the inner and personal
  • Note in the response a variety of indicators of spiritual engagement
  • Using visualisations to develop the aesthetic aspects of spiritual literacy

    1. 1. Using Visualisations to Develop theAesthetic Aspects of Spiritual Literacy. Emma McVittie & Paul Smalley @EmmaMcV @PabloPedantic
    2. 2. The Theory Behind the PracticeThe project draws on a variety of theoretical constructs which were used to structure the project activities and examine the findings Spirituality and Spiritual Literacy Visualisation techniques Psychosynthesis Physical literacy @EmmaMcV @PabloPedantic
    3. 3. Spirituality - multi-dimensional“An inclusive education for spiritual development would need to begin from the fact that spirituality is inevitably defined in the context of the beliefs and values of the person defining it and that, therefore, spirituality is pluralist.”(Watson,2006:116)Wright (2000) gives us a starting point for discussion but not a universal definition.Crossman (2003) no generalised definition @EmmaMcV @PabloPedantic
    4. 4. Spiritual Development v Spiritual LiteracyBelousa (2009) – talks about the “manifestations of a persons inner way” in a “spiral like process that moves according to each persons rhythm.”“Spiritual literacy helps a person to acknowledge and maintain a relationship with the self, others, environment, natural world and the ultimate.” (Belousa, 2009:225)“Making meaning at a profound level through personal narrative.......providing these spaces for children to ask bigger questions and enabling them to respond and reflect upon their learning.” (Binder, 2010:22) @EmmaMcV @PabloPedantic
    5. 5. Mapping the spiritual experienceHay and Nye (1996) Categories of spiritual sensitivity for young childrenIngersoll (1996) Spiritual well-being inventory from a counselling perspective - 10 dimensionsFisher (1998) A model of spiritual well being in relation to healthElton-Chalcraft (2002) Four dimensions of spirituality @EmmaMcV @PabloPedantic
    6. 6. Aesthetic AspectsWhitehead (2010) Physical LiteracyPsychosynthesis (Assagioli, 1911) – roots in psychology and counselling. @EmmaMcV @PabloPedantic
    7. 7. Pilot Structure and ContentRelaxation and preparation exercisesVisualisationDiscussionReflective activityInterviews 5-10 minutes with 6 pupils.Follow up with the same 6 pupils @EmmaMcV @PabloPedantic
    8. 8. Data Snippets....The data that follows has been tentatively analysed and clearly supports the theory of psychosynthesis.The examples show:Reflective activity after visualisationFollow-up reflective activity with pebble and music only @EmmaMcV @PabloPedantic
    9. 9. @EmmaMcV @PabloPedantic
    10. 10. @EmmaMcV @PabloPedantic
    11. 11. Emergent Themes – Part 1Self awareness: Saw own reflection in the waterAwareness of relationships “Thought someone would be at the end of the garden .” “Thought like if I’ll meet somebody in the garden.”Ego-centric or self aware? “relaxed because there was no-one around me and that was my only chance to get peace”Emotional transformation From anger to calmnessHere and now/inner/lost in the Felt “sad” “cause you’d seen all this flow‘? stuff and you’ve not been before and you have to leave” @EmmaMcV @PabloPedantic
    12. 12. Emergent Findings – Part 2“The pebble helped me to remember my garden”“I found my pebble in a hole, I found it straight away”“The music was the same as the first time I visited the garden” @EmmaMcV @PabloPedantic
    13. 13. Tentative ConclusionsLinks to dimensions and categories of spiritualityThe artefact appears to trigger memory (Bone, 2007)The memory of the imagined journey is able to trigger indications of spirituality as a memory of a physical journey (cf Whitehead 2010) @EmmaMcV @PabloPedantic
    14. 14. Future PlansSecondary PilotLarge scale study – October 2012Primary and secondary schools nationwideProject leaders will conduct the interviewsRemove the cues on the reflections @EmmaMcV @PabloPedantic

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