Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Spirituality and atheist social work students: Contributions for curriculum content on spirituality
by Fjelstrom, Jo, Ph.D., Colorado State University, 2016, 215; 10138058
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this constructivist study was to gain information about a criterion sample of atheist social work students concerning their experiences and perspectives of spirituality and curriculum content on spirituality. Most of the twenty-two participants formed their atheist worldviews against the tide of a religious upbringing, primarily due to their assessment of a dissonance between their evaluations of reality and religious beliefs. From the findings and the literature, suggestions are made for curriculum content on spirituality: (a) educators should frame worldviews as constructions and treat mystical elements as cultural phenomena; (b) content should have a professional focus with academically appropriate content; (c) curriculum content should be planned around the goal of training social work students to effectively address issues about worldviews in practice; (d) inclusive language and content should be utilized that covers all worldviews, including atheist and other naturalist worldviews; (e) biases, stereotypes, and privilege should be addressed and countered; (f) specific dialogic techniques should be developed for use in the classroom; (g) educators who will teach content on worldviews should have specific training for teaching material on spirituality and worldviews; and (h) a task force should be formed to create guidelines for curriculum content on spirituality.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Carlson, Laurie
Commitee: Buchan, Victoria V., Lytham, Susan, Tungate, Susan
School: Colorado State University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: DAI-A 77/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Education, Spirituality
Keywords: Atheism, Curriculum development, Difficult dialogues, Social work education
Publication Number: 10138058
ISBN: 9781339936697
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