Interests in Spirituality

Encountering the Divine

My Work

Publications:

Mata-McMahon, J. (submitted, under review). What do Early Childhood Pre-service Teachers Know and Need to Know about working with ELLs? Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice.

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. (in preparation). A Contemplative Practice Experience with Pre-service Teachers: Fostering Spiritual Nourishment through Meditation. 

Mata-McMahon, J. (in preparation). Spirituality and Humor: Making Connections for Early Childhood Education. 

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

 

Conference Papers:

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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