The Notion of Spirituality in Adult and Higher Education

Garfield Kevin Hood


Although adult educators are often challenged to help students find meaning and purpose in their lives, educators often avoid the topic of spirituality as a research or discussion topic or within the classroom setting. This considered, this article considers the notion of spirituality as it relates to adult and higher education. The author provides an overview of current theory and research relating to spirituality and then discusses the need for and implications of incorporating the notion of spirituality into adult and higher education. This article is the foundation work for graduate research leading to a Master of Education degree in Adult Education.


adult education; meaning making; spirituality;

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Higher Education Perspectives. ISSN: 1710-1530