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Consultancy from the International Association for Children's Spirituality: Dr. Jacqueline Watson

This space provides brief details of practitioners and academics working in a variety of situations within the realm of Children’s Spirituality. All are available for consultancy and can be contacted through this website.

Dr. Jacqueline Watson

Dr Jacqueline Watson was the first honorary secretary of the IACS and was managing editor of the IJCS from 2015-2017. She is currently an Honorary University Fellow at Exeter University and continues to have links with Exeter University’s Religion, Spirituality and Education Network. In September 2014, she retired as Director of the Centre for Spirituality and Religion in Education and Lecturer in Educational Research in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of East Anglia. She is currently a Humanist celebrant and a humanist member of the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital chaplaincy team, and continues to talk and write about spirituality in relation to Humanism.

Jacqueline has carried out research in the field of education, ranging across Religious Education, Citizenship Education, Every Child Matters, pupil voice, and art gallery education with the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Her long term and key research interests are in understandings of spirituality in relation to spiritual development and education, along with the inclusion of Humanism in Religious Education in the UK, and she has published a number of academic articles on these subjects. At UEA, she taught a popular undergraduate module, Spirituality, Education and the Child, as part of a degree course in Educational Studies. With Marian de Souza and Jane Bone, Jackie co-edited Spirituality across Disciplines: Research and Practice which was published by Springer in 2016, and she was lead co-editor with Marian de Souza and Ann Trousdale, of the book Global Perspectives on Spirituality and Education, which was published by Routledge in 2014.

Jacqueline was a Secondary School Religious Education teacher for 12 years in Devon, Norfolk and Suffolk. She was a co-opted Humanist member of the Norfolk Standing Advisory Committee on Religious Education (SACRE).

For further details of research and publications go to Exeter University webpage.