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Children's spirituality
Spiritual and/or religious experience in childhood
Children's spiritual dreams
Childhood / children's holistic wellbeing (particularly middle childhood)
Imaginary friends / invisible companions

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Personal profile


Kate Adams is Professor of Education. With a background in primary teaching with a specialism in Religious Education, she became a researcher through a Farmington Fellowship from Oxford University and a subsequent PhD scholarship from the University of Glasgow. 

Kate's research specialisms are in children's spirituality and the implications for schools, with a focus on understanding spiritual and/or religious experiences from their perspectives. She works with children of all faiths and none, with a particular interest in those from no faith background. Areas of interest include young people's spiritual dreams, encounters with angels and deceased loved ones, imaginary friends/invisible companions and children's spiritual voice(s) which are often unheard.

Kate has over two decades experience working at univerisities in Scotland and England, most recently at the University of Winchester where she was Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange and Professor of Education and Childhood. 

Kate is on the international advisory board of the Journal of Religious Education and International Journal of Children's Spirituality. She regulary reviews papers for a range of journals and grant applications for funding bodies. She is a former Director of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and former co-chair of the International Association of Children's Spirituality. 

Kate has received media attention for her research including interviews on the BBC Today Programme, local BBC radio stations, The Daily Telegraph, Times Educational Supplement, Church Times, The Tablet and has had expert comments in a range of mass media outlets including Vogue, Sainsbury's Magazine and Readers' Digest.

REF 2029 UOA

  • UOA23 - Education


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