Spiritual formation of adolescents – a semiotic analysis

Authors

  • L Hoffman University of the Free State
  • J Janse van Rensburg University of the Free State

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5952/51-3-77

Keywords:

spiritual formation, adolescents, communication, Habermas

Abstract

How do adolescents describe their own spiritual journey? Can people involved in the spiritual formation of adolescents glean helpful information from adolescents’ descriptions? Fifteen semi-structured interviews were conducted with five grade 10 learners from Bloemfontein, South Africa. Through semiotic analysis, the following syntagms were found: family, spiritual leader, knowledge, community, school, speech act and friends. These syntagms fitted into three paradigms: process, role players and content. A semiotic square was constructed for the term “process”. Habermas’s theory of communicative action can be applied to these findings. The study suggests important communicative principles to be utilized in the spiritual formation of adolescents. Limitations and suggestions for further research are also pointed out.

Author Biographies

L Hoffman, University of the Free State

Research associate: Department Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State

J Janse van Rensburg, University of the Free State

Department Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State

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Published

2012-02-01

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Articles • Artikels