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The Study of Children in ReligionsA Methods Handbook$
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Susan B. Ridgely

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814776469

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814776469.001.0001

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Catholic Children’s Experiences of Scripture and the Sacrament of Reconciliation through Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catholic Children’s Experiences of Scripture and the Sacrament of Reconciliation through Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

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(p.157) 10 Catholic Children’s Experiences of Scripture and the Sacrament of Reconciliation through Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
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The Study of Children in Religions
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Jennifer Beste

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814776469.003.0011

This chapter explores Catholic children's participation in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS), examining the interaction between students and teachers as they prepare for First Reconciliation. It explores assumptions about the religious potential of children that underlie CGS and examines how children from age three to age nine encounter and respond to scripture through this method. The CGS method of relating to scripture is contrasted with the traditional Catholic religious (TCR) educational method that relies on a textbook with scripture stories. Thus, the chapter gauges the impact of this catechesis on children's spiritual and moral development, reflecting on insights gained from conducting this child-centered research and how such insights may assist other religious scholars as they design their child-centered projects.

Keywords:   Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, CGS method, TCR educational method, First Reconciliation, spiritual development, moral development, Catholic children, children

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