Spiritual intelligence and imagination in New Zealand students

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dc.contributor.advisor Small, Robin en
dc.contributor.advisor Carpenter, V. (Vicki) en
dc.contributor.author Kannan, Kevin Vijay Christopher en
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-22T00:25:19Z en
dc.date.available 2010-01-22T00:25:19Z en
dc.date.issued 2010 en
dc.identifier.citation Thesis (EdD)--University of Auckland, 2010. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/5629 en
dc.description.abstract Teachers in New Zealand schools are called on by documents such as The Zealand Curriculum Framework (2007) and Gifted and Talented Education in New Zealand Schools (2004) to address the moral and spiritual development of both gifted and mainstream students. This study explores a key issue: the role and importance of imagination in the developmental stages of spiritual intelligence in students within each of these groups. By comparing students in a Catholic integrated school with those in a State intermediate school, it identifies both similarities and differences that teachers need to take into account in carrying out their professional responsibilities. The study begins by analysing and explaining concepts of spiritual intelligence that are often a source of ambiguity and confusion for teachers. It draws on a well-established hierarchal stage developmental theory of spiritual intelligence, but supplements this with a corresponding account of the role of imagination in the formation of spiritual intelligence at each of these stages. Spiritual intelligence is based on a theistic definition and its development on the imagination side of cognition rather than emotions. This results in the development of a nine stage taxonomy which is tested by analysis of variance (ANOVA). The research design examines seven important social factors, or variables, affecting the development of spiritual intelligence: school age group (intermediate, middle and senior), gender (male and female), school sample type (gifted and talented and average mainstream), areas of giftedness and talent (bodily-kinaesthetic, logical-mathematical, linguistic, musical, spatial, interpersonal and environmental), type of school (state and integrated), ethnicity (New Zealand European and others) and religion (Catholic, non-Catholic Christians, other religions and no religion). Using Fisher's Exact Test of variance, current trends in the spiritual intelligence characteristics of students are identified. The study provides teachers with four statistically verified tasks, their respective criterion referenced task assessment schedules (CRS) and exemplars for assessing stages of development of spiritual intelligence in students. The findings of this research project will help teachers of Values Education and Religious Education, Directors of Religious Studies (DRS) and Boards of Trustees in Catholic integrated schools to understand the theoretical and pedagogical principles of spiritual development, enabling them to design research-based programmes for advancing spiritual intelligence in their students. en
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dc.relation.ispartof PhD Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA1951630 en
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dc.title Spiritual intelligence and imagination in New Zealand students en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.discipline Education en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.name PhD en
dc.date.updated 2010-01-22T00:25:19Z en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.local.anzsrc 13 - Education en
pubs.org-id Faculty of Education en

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