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Language Re-Discovered: a Death Education Intervention in the Net Between Kindergarten, Family and Territory

TitleLanguage Re-Discovered: a Death Education Intervention in the Net Between Kindergarten, Family and Territory
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsTestoni I, Cordioli C, Nodari E, Zsak E, Marinoni GLuisa, Venturini D, Maccarini A
Secondary TitleItalian Journal of Sociology of Education
Date Published02/2019
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2035-4983
Keywordsdeath education, relationship between school-family-territory, social service, spirituality and transcendence

The article presents the positive results of a death education experience, realized owing to a collaboration between school, family and territory. The project, with the scope of reflecting on topics of death and spirituality, included 46 children of 5 from kindergarten and 50 parents, and then mobilizing the entire community. Social services and public administration had a special role in this, aiming to guarantee the necessary support for the families in the existential reflections. The experience was monitored with participatory observation, via interviews and questionnaires. The children answered questions regarding death and spirituality during an open and sincere conversation with the teachers. The parents, who at home talked about certain pre-defined teams with the children, were asked to give their informed consent and were given a questionnaire with open questions ex-ante/ ex-post. All data were processed via qualitative analysis of the texts. The results are truly positive, showing that children are capable of facing the problem of death and are able to acquire a certain representation of the spiritual dimension. The parents, who in the beginning demonstrated some anxiety, eventually were greatly satisfied and expressed their willingness to continue to search for the connection between death and transcendence.