Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Teacher Education


Inviting Soul into the Public School Classroom, seeks to persuade educators that soul has a vital place in public schools. 'Soul," aka "spirit" as used here is defined as that aspect of humans that seeks deeper meaning and higher purpose. Soul includes, but also transcends, human intellect and emotion, and is a profoundly integral aspect of our humanity. By asking students essential questions and inviting them to engage in spiritual reflection, teachers can create a classroom environment that educates the whole child in richly meaningful ways. To depict for teachers what inviting soul into the classroom can look like, the author developed a 7th grade Social Studies curriculum unit designed to serve as a model that will hopefully prove to be of immediate, practical, and implementable use to Grade 7-12 world history teachers. The unit, "A Metaphorical Exploration of European History ~450-1600 C.E. and Coming of Age in the 21st Century," enables readers to see a bona fide application and model of spiritual pedagogy in a public school classroom.


Thesis (M.A.) Institute for Advanced Studies in Education