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Spiritual moments making music in nature. A study exploring the experiences of children making music outdoors, surrounded by nature

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posted on 17.01.2022, 15:05 by Dylan Adams, Gary Beauchamp
Outdoor learning is recognised internationally as an essential part of a child’s holistic education and children’s wellbeing can be improved when being outdoors surrounded by nature. However, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests children are becoming disconnected from nature. This study investigated the experiences of six classes of children aged 7–11 years from six primary schools making music outdoors in rural locations in Wales over a two-year period. Groups of children from each school undertook semi-structured interviews using video-stimulated reflective dialogue (VSRD). Their teachers also took part in semi-structured interviews, without VSRD. The data suggest children’s music making involved interactivity with nature provoking biophilic responses. The analysis revealed they experienced extraordinary, transcendent or what might be called spiritual moments. Evidence is analysed with conceptions of spirituality, communitas and philosophy of dialogue.

History

Published in

International Journal of Children's Spirituality

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Acceptance Date

31/05/2019

Publication Date

21/08/2019

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Citation

Adams, D. and Beauchamp, G. (2019) 'Spiritual moments making music in nature. A study exploring the experiences of children making music outdoors, surrounded by nature', International Journal of Children's Spirituality, pp.1-16. DOI: 10.1080/1364436X.2019.1646220

Print ISSN

1469-8455

Cardiff Met Affiliation

  • Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy

Copyright Holder

© The Publisher

Language

en