Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy: Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation

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"The motivation for the quest that Laura Rendon shares in this book was the realization that she, along with many educators, had lost sight of the deeper, relationship-centered essence of education, and lost touch with the fine balance between educating for academics and educating for life." "Her purpose is to reconnect readers with the original impulse that led them to become educators; and to help them rediscover, with her, their passion for teaching and learning in the service of others and for the well-being of our society." "She offers a transformative vision of education that emphasizes the harmonic, complementary relationship between the sentir of intuition and the inner life, and the pensar of intellectualism and the pursuit of scholarship; between teaching and learning; formal knowledge and wisdom; and between Western and non-Western ways of knowing. In the process she develops a pedagogy that encompasses wholeness, multiculturalism, and contemplative practice; that helps students transcend limiting views about themselves; fosters high expectations; and helps students to become social change agents." "She invites the reader to share her journey, and to challenge seven entrenched agreements about education that act against wholeness and appreciation of truth in all forms. She offers examples of her own teaching and of the classroom practices of faculty she encountered along the way; as well as guidance on the challenges, rewards, and responsibilities that anyone embarking on creating a new vision of teaching and learning should attend to." Though based on the author's life work in higher education, her insights and approach apply equally to all teaching and learningcontexts.
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“In this highly inspiring book, Laura Rendón offers a road map of what is possible if we are willing to embrace a vision of education that balances the inner life and ways of knowing and thinking with the outer life of just action and compassionate service to the world. She challenges us to embrace a pedagogy of wholeness that has the potential of totally transforming our schools and academies by reclaiming them as soulful places of relationship-centered learning and teaching rooted in social justice and equity. Through her moving and authentic examples of herself and others, Rendón creates promise, hope and inspiration by giving us the framework and tools to make this vision of education a reality.”

"Sentipensante Pedagogy provides a helpful invitation and charitable contribution to the ongoing dialogue between different visions of pedagogy."

"Rendón assists the transformation of teaching and learning in higher education into a balance, a harmony, between two concepts such as intellectualism and intuition, teaching and learning, the learner and the learned material, and Western and non-Western ways of knowing. She explores the need for a new dream of education, the experience of creating an integrative and consonant pedagogy, and the experience of using such a pedagogy rooted in social justice. Among specific discussions are learning from another's story, refashioning the dream, the courage to chart a different path, and sustaining the soul that embraces a different truth."

"This masterpiece...is about inclusion, one in which faculty and students become one in recognizing and accepting their responsibility [for] social justice and liberation. All who [teach] must read this book. It should be considered required marerial in diversity, social sciences and education courses. If I must select a word to describe this book, it would be ¡ Magnífico!"

“Rendón has written a pedagogic masterpiece with immense potential to transform teaching and learning in the K-12 system. Her pedagogy gives voice to what teachers have been yearning for in their hearts and minds.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579223250
  • Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura I. Rendón is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is also a consultant and speaker on topics related to contemplative pedagogy and its applications in multicultural and social justice educational settings, and is nationally known for her work related to college access, retention, and graduation of low-income, first-generation students.

Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for over thirty years. Nominated for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, he has written several books. His The Exquisite Risk was cited by Spirituality & Health Magazine as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2005. He now serves as a Program Officer for the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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Table of Contents


Foreword Mark Nepo Nepo, Mark Introduction: A Need for a New Dream of Education 1
1 Prelude to a New Pedagogical Dreamfield 23
2 Learning From Another's Story 51
3 Refashioning the Dream: The Experience of Creating an Integrative, Consonant Pedagogy 65
4 Refashioning the Dream: The Experience of Employing an Integrative, Consonant Pedagogy Rooted in Social Justice 91
5 The Courage to Chart a Different Path 111
6 Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy 131
7 Sustaining the Soul That Embraces a Different Truth 145 App The Story of My Inquiry 153 References 167 Permissions 177 Index 179
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2010

    Book challenges status quo and promotes holistic approach to teaching.

    Excellet book for educators and college students alike. Brings interesting analysis of why we do the things we do and then offers practical guidelines for change. Get ready for a paradigmatic shift in education.

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