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Exploring contemplative pedagogies in and out of the university classroom.
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Three Ideas for Implementing Learner Reflection

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Educators have long recognized the importance and applicability of critical reflection across a wide range of educational settings, yet in practice it remains a challenging and nebulous concept for many to firmly grasp. In education, the concept of reflection dates back to the work of John Dewey (1933), who defined it as “active, persistent and careful consideration of any belief or supposed form of knowledge in the light of the grounds that support it and the further conclusion to which it tends” (p. 9). Dewey was the first to point out that experience alone does not constitute learning; instead, a conscious realization must occur for the experience to become a source of learning.

In examining the depth of reflection, Rogers (2001) made an influential and careful study and synthesis, while Peltier, Hay, and Drago (2005) put forward a way to evaluate different levels of reflective thinking, which include habitual actions, understanding, reflection, and critical reflection (refer to Weimer, 2012). Yet the void of ecologically valid classroom-based research on incorporating reflection to improve student learning has left teachers largely on their own when it comes to creating opportunities for reflection in their courses.

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Thanks again to Jim Lerman. 

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5 Ways to Incorporate Movement in the Classroom via #4OCF

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Consider Christian Meditation as alternative to Yoga


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Caring For Words in a Culture of [Political] Lies » Association for Christians in Student Development

Caring For Words in a Culture of [Political] Lies » Association for Christians in Student Development | Contemplative Higher Education | Scoop.it
In mere weeks the citizens of the United States will head to the polls and cast their votes for our next president (and a whole host of other state and local races). In the ramp-up, our Facebook feeds are flooded with clickbait and Saturday Night Live is relevant again. It’s a cyclical thing.
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On Labyrinths and Better Paths • Center for Courage & Renewal

On Labyrinths and Better Paths • Center for Courage & Renewal | Contemplative Higher Education | Scoop.it
From my office window today, like most days, I can see the park across the street, birds searching together for food, neighbors walking their dogs. But today I can also see a construction crew pouring a new concrete path in front of Pilgrim Chapel and the parsonage office where I work. The old path was  Continue Reading »
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Reflecting on reflecting: Scholarship of teaching and learning as a tool to evaluate
contemplative pedagogies

Although interest in contemplative pedagogies has grown considerably in higher education, faculty have relatively few resources available to help them make evidence-based choices about the use of different contemplative pedagogies in particular disciplinary or course contexts. 


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The Impact of Mindfulness Meditation on Academic Well-Being and Affective Teaching Practices

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Using action research, this study investigated the impact of mindfulness meditation as used by academic staff on the affective domain of teaching and learning, and its impact on the psychological well-being of academic staff. Through convenience sampling technique, academic staff at the University of South Australia’s Centre for Regional Engagement were recruited to the study. Participants completed a mindfulness meditation program including meditation practice of five minutes twice a day for a nine-month period. Workshops and individual telephone interviews were conducted during this time, with early findings indicating that mindfulness meditation can increase staff awareness of the affective domain and promote mental well-being. The results also suggest strategies to promote affective teaching and learning within the tertiary environment.
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Allow Your Creative Flow: Finding Contemplative Space in New York | CATALYST | Leading Creative Enterprise

Allow Your Creative Flow: Finding Contemplative Space in New York | CATALYST | Leading Creative Enterprise | Contemplative Higher Education | Scoop.it
Allow Your Creative Flow Finding your own contemplative space in the center of New York By Mariana Giraldo, Meiyu Huang, Jenny Sereeyothin and Deidre Washington July 2015 New York City is a multi-cultural and international mecca. Bursting with creativity and energy it can also lead to over-stimulation, creating a disconnect with one’s sense of clarity, concentration and calmness, all necessary for any creative process. Amidst all the hustle and bustle, meditation can be a means to reclaim one’s center. Studies have shown meditation can be a powerful tool to awaken creativity. The practice can do more than produce a more relaxed state of mind. It can also “have a long-lasting influence on human cognition, including how we experience events”. Learning how to meditate and reach a contemplative space within oneself requires patience and frequent practice. Rhonda Schaller, founder of the Meditation and Creativity Incubator at Pratt Institute, suggests the first step for one interested in
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Center for the Spiritual in Art Education Online Resources

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Caucus for the Spiritual in Art Education.
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The Trend of Increased Integration of Spirituality and Meaning-Making in Higher Education » Association for Christians in Student Development

The Trend of Increased Integration of Spirituality and Meaning-Making in Higher Education » Association for Christians in Student Development | Contemplative Higher Education | Scoop.it
In recent years, the silence surrounding the role of spirituality in higher education is breaking as students and faculty dialogue about the necessity of exploration and awareness in this area. For years the norm has been the continuation of the separation of church and state, a mantra that has influenced this nation almost since its inception. However, the increasing pervasiveness of the postmodernist worldview has constructed a framework that allows for a multiplicity of thought and plurality of beliefs to coexist. This framework is creating a new culture in which the spiritual dimension of students is a new frontier to be explored, and one which American colleges and universities are expected to be guides for students in this inner search.
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Parker J. Palmer: community, knowing and spirituality in education

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Parker J. Palmer: community, knowing and spirituality in education. Parker J. Palmer’s explorations of education as a spiritual journey and of the inner lives of educators have been deeply in…
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The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

Transforming higher education by supporting and encouraging the use of contemplative/introspective practices and perspectives to create active learning and research environments that look deeply into experience and meaning for all in service of a more just and compassionate society.
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Contemplative Pedagogy & Higher Education - Arthur Zajonc

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Arthur Zajonc began writing about the contemplative dimension of teaching, learning and knowing in 1996, as a response to the increasing abstraction of higher education. He has become a leading voice in the development of contemplative pedagogy, which calls for new methods that integrate subjective experience and incorporate the exploration of meaning, purpose and values …
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Yoga Minds, Writing Bodies : Contemplative Writing Pedagogy by Christy I.... | eBay

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10  Good Strategies to Foster A Growth Mindset Culture in Your Class

10  Good Strategies to Foster A Growth Mindset Culture in Your Class | Contemplative Higher Education | Scoop.it
In her celebrated book ‘Mindset: The New Psychology of Success’, Stanford university psychologist Carol S. Dweck makes a strong case backed up with  scientific evidence for the power of mindset in shaping one’s success or failure in almost every facet of our life.Those with a fixed mindset mentality tend to be limited in their learning scope believing that their inner traits and abilities are biologically determined. On the other hand, people with a growth mindset embrace change and tend to learn more from life experiences because for them concepts such as skills, abilities and competencies are not fixated  and can be developed through a process of error and trial.

In today’s post, we are sharing with you this handy infographic we created based on Marcus Guido’s post ’10 Ways Teachers Can Instill a Growth Mindset in Students’. Guido walks you through the different strategies you can use with your students to cultivate a growth mindset in your class and ultimately enhance students learning.  Read his post to learn more about each of the strategies featured here.

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Nice visual to support concept of developing a 'Growth Mindset' in the classroom.
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Mostly K-12 ideas, but some can easily translate to higher ed. 
 
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Teaching Toward Consciousness

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To create equity in their schools, educators must seek to validate and acknowledge students, expose and reveal the unseen, encourage questioning, and facilitate reflection.
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Five of the best meditation apps

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Boost your mindfulness and try to rise above digital distractions with these apps to carve out time for peaceful reflection

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Find Your Words: 4 Reasons to Express Ourselves

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"Barefoot visionary" Robyn Phillips writes about her recent decision to finally share her previously-hidden words with other people.
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The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry

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Advancing the understanding, development, and application of contemplative methods in higher education to cultivate personal and social awareness and an exploration of meaning, purpose and values.
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Investigation of the Relationship between Resilience, Mindfulness, and Academic Self-Efficacy

Resilience, mindfulness, and academic self-efficacy are topics of interests to psychologists; however, little is known about the relationships among the three. The primary purpose of this research was to explore the role of mindfulness and academic self-efficacy in predicting resilience among university students. 141 participants (m = 39, f = 102) completed The Freiburg Mindfulness Inventory, The Beliefs in Educational Success Test, and The Connor Davidson Resilience Scale. The results found that in the regression models, mindfulness and academic self-efficacy were significant predictors of resilience. This finding suggests that mindfulness and academic self-efficacy have a significant impact on resilience.
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Spirituality in Adult and Higher Education. ERIC Digest.

Spirituality in Adult and Higher Education. ERIC Digest. | Contemplative Higher Education | Scoop.it
Provides full-text access to the ERIC Digest of this name.
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Teaching with Heart and Soul • Center for Courage & Renewal

Reflections on Spirituality in Teacher Education by Parker J. Palmer  Download PDF Read an excerpt of this article in Spanish at Athanor magazine, ENSEÑAR CON EL CORAZÓN Y EL ALMA   I. The Story of Mr. Porter Public education is a political battlefield on which both teachers and children are at risk, especially children who  Continue Reading »
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Video: Rethinking 'Mysticism'—Toward a Pedagogy of Contemplative Life

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Thomas Coburn, President Emeritus at Naropa University and Visiting Scholar at Brown University, delivered this presentation on September 26, 2012 as part of the CSWR series "The Intellectual Worlds of Meditation."
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Big Paper - Building a Silent Conversation

Big Paper - Building a Silent Conversation | Contemplative Higher Education | Scoop.it
This discussion strategy uses writing and silence as tools to help students explore a topic in-depth. Having a written conversation with peers slows down students’ thinking process and gives them an opportunity to focus on the views of others. This strategy also creates a visual record of students’ thoughts and questions that can be referred to later in a course.
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Contemplative Pedagogy in the 21st Century University - Daniel Barbezat, Ph.D.

Launching SUNY Initiatives on Mindfulness & Health A multidisciplinary scholarly conference March 4, 2016 The University at Buffalo Contemplative Pedagog
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