Chapters in the book

Reasons for Living:
Education and young people's search for meaning, identity and spirituality

By Marisa Crawford and Graham Rossiter, published in 2006 by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) Melbourne


Chapter contents links below

For a more detailed list of chapter contents together with Preface, Foreword and some endorsements click here  


A landmark book for Australian education.  It provides a helpful conceptualisation of the spiritual and moral dimension to public education.  It makes a substantial and innovative contribution to values education at both theoretical and practical levels.  Reasons for Living includes a remarkable mixture of sophisticated philosophy, telling psychological insights and eminently practical pedagogy.”
Dr Louise Welbourne, Editor, Journal of Religious Education

Part 1. Education and young people's search for meaning, identity and spirituality

Chapter 1 Reasons for living – school education and young people's search for meaning, identity and spirituality

Part 2. Meaning, Identity and Spirituality: Analysing the constructs for educational purposes

Chapter 2 The nature, psychological function and construction of meaning

Chapter 3 The psychological development of meaning and issues related to change and development in meaning

Chapter 4 The search for meaning

Chapter 5 The elusive self: Psychological and social functions of identity

Chapter 6 Research perspectives on the nature and development of identity

Chapter 7 Young people's search for identity: Finding a way through the cultural maze

Chapter 8 From St Ignatius to Obi-Wan Kenobi: An evaluative perspective on spirituality for educational purposes

Chapter 9 Young people and spirituality: Negotiating the perils of adolescence

Chapter 10 Educating young people in meaning, identity and spirituality

Part 3. Implications for public education: The spiritual and moral dimension to the school curriculum

Chapter 11 The spiritual and moral dimension to the school curriculum: The evolution in personal development aims for Australian education

Chapter 12 Expectations of schools for promoting the spiritual and moral development of young people

Chapter 13 Links between education, personal change and personal learning

Chapter 14 From theory to practice: Conceptualising the spiritual and moral dimension to the school curriculum

Chapter 15 The shaping influence of film and television on young people's spiritual and moral development: An educational exploration

Part 4. Implications for religious education in independent schools (with special reference to Catholic schools)

Chapter 16 Historical perspective on religious education in Catholic schools: Towards a relevant religious education for the future

Chapter 17 Personalism and relevance in religious education

Chapter 18 The centrality of the concept ‘faith development' in Catholic school religious education

Chapter 19 Religious education and sponsoring the development of faith in adolescents

Chapter 20 Developing staff spirituality: A key component of the identity of religious schools

Part 5. Implications for state-based Religion Studies courses in Australian schools

Chapter 21 Pedagogical background to the development of religion studies courses in Australia

Chapter 22 Relationships between state-based religion studies courses and denominational religious education



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