9377. SET - Contemplation in the Classroom

DateApril 15, 2014Time3:00 - 4:00 pm
LocationJones Library-200
DescriptionAudience: Faculty/Staff, Teachers of Record, Graduate Students, Faculty/Staff


Presenter-Blake Burleson (Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, College of Arts and Sciences)

Audience - Faculty and Teachers of Record

Faculty members at private and public universities are experimenting with contemplative pedagogies that help students cultivate inner resources of spirit so they might better engage the grand challenges of the day with clarity about their own commitments and values while, at the same time, developing the capacity to listen empathically to themselves and to others. I have found that contemplative practices in the classroom provide an opportunity for students to develop interiority of character, conscience, and values. These outcomes are consistent with the comprehensive guide to essential learning outcomes for all collegiate institutions published in 2007 by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Included in the guide are the intellectual and practical skills such as "inquiry and analysis," "critical and creative thinking," and "written and oral communication." In addition to these traditional skills, the learning outcomes included "soft skills" that enable individuals to contribute to society and the environment, such as "personal and social responsibility, "ethical reasoning and action," "collaborative skills," and "intercultural literacy." "In a democracy that is diverse, globally engaged, and dependent on citizen responsibility, all students need an informed concern for the larger good because nothing less will renew our fractured and diminished commons." Clearly, the developments of these "soft skills" are interior accomplishments which may be cultivated in the classroom through the engaged technologies of contemplation.Read More »
PublisherTraining & Development
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