Towards a spiritual pedagogy of pastoral welfare and care

Trotman, Dave (2016) Towards a spiritual pedagogy of pastoral welfare and care. Pastoral Care in Education, 34 (3). pp. 122-132. ISSN 0264-3944

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This paper considers the role of spirituality in the practice of pastoral welfare and care in English state schools. Set against an educational landscape of increasingly aggressive neoliberal interests combined with growing public disquiet over the mental welfare of young people, the author examines how spirituality might in response contribute to a pedagogy of pastoral welfare for pupil wellbeing. The paper begins by foregrounding the policy contexts for pastoral education in England and the challenges presented by the increasingly performative cultures that schools, children and young people have become subjected to. Highlighting concerns around the well-being of children and young people, the paper advances a spiritual pedagogy in pastoral care predicated on pivotal interrelated attributes of intrapersonal transcendence, care and educational practice. The paper then considers the possibilities presented by the spiritual realm in pastoral welfare and the positioning of this as an educational pedagogy and practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Pastoral Care in Education on 03 August 2016, available online:
Divisions: Faculty of Education > Department of Education, Multi-professional Practice and Early Childhood
Depositing User: Jane Faux
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2016 13:53
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2018 11:25

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