Interests in Spirituality

Encountering the Divine

My Work

Publications:

Mata-McMahon, J. (2017). Spirituality and Humour: Making Connections for Early Childhood Education. International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 22(2), pp. 170-178. DOI: 10.1080/1364436X.2017.1287681 

Mata-McMahon, J. (Feb. 2017). Spirituality: Can we find room for it in the classroom? (Guest blogger: Jennifer Mata-McMahon). Illinois Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (ILAECTE) blog. https://wordpress.wiu.edu/ilaecte/2017/01/31/spirituality-can-we-find-room-for-it-in-the-classroom-guest-blogger-jennifer-mata-mcmahon/ 

Mata-McMahon, J. (2016). Reviewing the Research in Children’s Spirituality (2005-2015): Proposing a Pluricultural Approach. International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 21(2), pp. 140-152. 

Mata-McMahon, J., Kovač, T., and Miller, G. (Eds). (2016). Spirituality: An Interdisciplinary View. Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press. ISBN: 978-1-84888-371-0 

Mata, J. (2015). Spiritual Experiences in Early Childhood Education: Four Kindergarteners, One Classroom. New York, NY: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-41583-470-4

Mata, J. (2014). Sharing my Journey and Opening Spaces: Spirituality in the Classroom. International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 19 (2), pp. 112-122.

Mata, J. (2013). Meditation: Using it in the Classroom. In W. Van Moer, D. A. Celik & J. L. Hochheimer (Eds.), Spirituality in the 21st Century: Journeys Beyond Entrenched Boundaries (pp. 109-119). Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press. ISBN: 978-1-84888-257-7

Mata, J. (2012). Nurturing Spirituality in Early Childhood Classrooms: The Teacher’s View. In M. Fowler, J. D. Martin III, & J. L. Hochheimer (Eds.), Spirituality: Theory, Praxis and Pedagogy (pp. 239-248). Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press. ISBN: 978-1-84888-091-7

Mata, J. (2011). Children’s Spirituality as Experienced and Expressed in a Kindergarten Classroom. (p. 226). ProQuest, UMI Dissertation Publishing. ISBN: 978-1244572287.

 

Work in Progress: 

Mata-McMahon, J., Haslip, M. J., and Schein, D. L. (submitted). Early Childhood Educator’s perceptions of nurturing spirituality in secular settings. Early Childhood Development and Care. 

Mata-McMahon, J. (submitted, under review). Reflecting on: What do Early Childhood Pre-service Teachers Know and Need to Know about working with ELLs? Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives. 

Mata-McMahon, J. (accepted and submitted book chapter). What do Kindergarteners’ Spiritual Experiences and Expressions look like in a Secular Classroom? 

Mata-McMahon, J. (accepted and submitted book chapter). How can children’s spirituality and humor be supported in the classroom? Happiness and meaning as the answer. In E. Loizou and S. Recchia (Eds.) Research on Young Children's Humor: Theoretical and Practical Implications for Early Childhood Education. Springer. 

Mata-McMahon, J. (in preparation). A Contemplative Practice Experience with Pre-service Teachers: Fostering Spiritual Nourishment through Meditation. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice. 

 

Conference Presentations:

Mata-McMahon, J., Haslip, M. J., and Schein, D. L. (accepted). Children’s Spirituality: How are early childhood educators supporting the whole child? (Presentation) 2018 AERA Annual Meeting. April 2018. New York, NY. 

Mata-McMahon, J., Haslip, M. J., and Schein, D. L. (accepted). Ways to Honor Spirituality in the Early Childhood Classroom: Research to Practice. (Presentation) 2017 NAEYC Annual Conference & Expo. November 2017. Atlanta, GA. 

Mata-McMahon, J., Haslip, M. J., & Schein, D. L. (2016). Honoring the Spirit of the Child: Incorporating Spirituality into the Early Childhood Classroom. (Presentation). 2016 NAEYC Annual Conference & Expo. November 2016. Los Angeles, CA. 

Mata-McMahon, J. (2016). "Spirituality and Humour: Making Connections for Early Childhood Education." (Paper). 15th International Conference on Children's Spirituality - Spirituality and the Whole Child: Interdisciplinary Approaches. July 2016. Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, U.K.

Mata-McMahon, J. (2016). "What do Kindergarteners’ Spiritual Experiences and Expressions look like in a Secular Classroom? " (Paper). 5th Children's Spirituality Conference: Christian Perspectives. June, 2016. Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN.

Mata-McMahon, J. (2015). "Spiritual Experiences in Early Childhood Education: Four Kindergarteners, One Classroom." (Presentation). 2015 NAEYC Annual Conference & Expo - Young Children’s Spirituality Interest Forum. November, 2015. Orlando, FL. (invited guest speaker) 

Mata, J. (2015). "Children's Spirituality: Review of the Research in the last 10 Years (2005-2015)" (Paper). 5th Global Conference - Spirituality in the 21st Century. March, 2015. Lisbon, Portugal.

Mata, J. (2013). “Sharing my Journey and Opening Spaces: Spirituality in the Classroom” (Invited paper, panel presenter). Panel: Spirituality and Mediation in both Private and Public Spheres. Global Fusion 2013 Conference, Southern Illinois University. Oct, 2013. Carbondale, IL.

Mata, J. (2013). “Meditation: Using it in the classroom.” (Paper). 3rd Global Conference - Spirituality in the 21st Century. March, 2013. Lisbon, Portugal.

Mata J. (2012). “Meditation: A Contemplative Practice with Pre-service Teachers to Foster Spiritual Nourishment.” (Paper). American Education Research Association (AERA). April, 2012. Vancouver, Canada. 

Mata, J. (2011). “Nurturing Spirituality in Early Childhood Classrooms: The Teacher’s View.” (Paper). 1st Global Conference - Spirituality in the 21st Century. March, 2011. Prague, Czech Republic.

Mata, J. (2010). "Kindergartener's Spiritual Experiences." (Paper). Changing Boundaries: Spirituality and Education. Wiser Conference. June 2010. Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland. 

Mata, J. (2009).“Children’s spiritual experiences as expressed in a kindergarten classroom.” (Paper) and Panel participant Research Methods Panel Discussion, Masters and Doctoral Students.” Children’s Spirituality Conference: Christian Perspectives. Concordia University. June, 2009. River Forrest, IL.

 

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