Contemplative Practices in Higher Education
Publication Year: 2013
Place of Publication: San Francisco, CA
Source ID: shanti-sources-114196
Collection: Social Connection and Well-being
Abstract: Contemplative pedagogy empowers students to integrate their own experience into the theoretical material they are being taught in order to cultivate and develop attention, deepen their understanding, foster greater connection to and compassion for others, and engender engaged inquiry into their most profound questions. Each year more and more faculty, administrators, leaders of teaching and learning centers, and other education professionals seek out best practices in contemplative teaching. Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning presents information on the practical application of contemplative practices across the academic curriculum, from the physical sciences to the humanities and arts. The book opens with the theoretical and practical background material for these practices, setting the context and providing evidence and descriptions of challenges and cautions. The second half provides many examples of contemplative techniques including mindfulness, meditation, yoga, deep listening, contemplative reading and writing, and pilgrimage, including site visits and field trips. We hope this book will serve as an introduction to those new to these practices and as a focusing resource for those familiar with them. May it serve to transform education and foster flourishing.