The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal

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The Heart of Higher Education is an invitation to everyone whocares about the academy to revisit its roots and help reclaim itshighest calling.

Parker J. Palmer, best-selling author of The Courage to Teachand founder of the Center for Courage & Renewal, and ArthurZajonc, professor of physics and director of the Center forContemplativeMind in Society, advocate a holistic approach toteaching and learning that honors the whole human being—mind,heart, and spirit. The Heart of ...

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Overview

The Heart of Higher Education is an invitation to everyone whocares about the academy to revisit its roots and help reclaim itshighest calling.

Parker J. Palmer, best-selling author of The Courage to Teachand founder of the Center for Courage & Renewal, and ArthurZajonc, professor of physics and director of the Center forContemplativeMind in Society, advocate a holistic approach toteaching and learning that honors the whole human being—mind,heart, and spirit. The Heart of Higher Education offers a richinterplay of analysis, theory, and action options and models tohelp colleges and universities become places that awaken thedeepest potential in students, faculty, and staff. The authorspropose an approach to educational renewal grounded in collegialityand conversation.

The Heart of Higher Education is for all who are new to thefield of integrative education, all who want to deepen theirunderstanding of its challenges and prospects, and all who want topractice and promote this vital approach to teaching and learningon their campuses.

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Rebecca Roach
I highly recommend this work for teachers seeking to gain greater satisfaction from their craft or individuals who wish to (re)gain joy in learning that engages heart, spirit and mind.
http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Journal
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Palmer and Zajonc have issued a compelling call for change and renewal in higher education. They show us how colleges and universities can be transformed by taking a more integrated approach to teaching and learning that focuses on the inner lives of their students and faculty.
” —Alexander and Helen Astin, Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA

“At a moment when many are dreaming of an integrative form of higher education that unites intellectual rigor with compassion and love, Palmer and Zajonc invite us to engage in conversations designed to infuse the academy with meaning, purpose, and soul. For those who yearn to transform colleges and universities from sterile, vacuous spaces to places of hope, possibility, and respect for everything human, this is the book you have been waiting for.”
—Laura I. Rendón, professor of higher education, Iowa State University, and author, Sentipensante Pedagogy: Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation

“Parker Palmer and Arthur Zajonc call for a renewal of our commitment to inspiring deeper thinking and educating the whole person. This book should and will inspire debate about our larger purpose, about how we can go beyond the traditional silos in which we work for the sake of individual and institutional transformation.”
—Anthony Marx, president, College

“What should be at the center of our teaching and our students’ learning? Palmer and Zajonc take up this simple but daunting question and provide the most solid ground yet on which to hold a conversation about the heart of our enterprise. They reimagine higher education in a way commensurate with the magnitude of our problems and offer us practical paths toward implementation. Integrative education is the most important reformation of higher learning since the rise of the modern university. This book can help us achieve it.”
—Anthony Lising Antonio, associate professor of education and associate director, Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research, Stanford University

“[The book] strikes a welcome balance between theoretical claims and practical applications. I find [it] a worthy read for anyone interested in asking the deeper questions about what it means to educate an undergraduate. I encourage you to find the paragraphs that resonate most deeply with you, and to do the one thing the authors ask of us: have a meaningful conversation about higher education with a few colleagues. For, as they put it, ‘renewal…will germinate first in the soil of these caring and collegial conversations.’”
—Allison Gale, Departmental Teaching Fellow for Earth and Planetary Sciences, for The Bok Blog

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470487907
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/26/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 461,572
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Parker J. Palmer is a highly respected writer, teacher, andactivist. His work speaks deeply to people in many walks of life,including education, medicine, religion, law, philanthropy,politics, and social change. Author of seven books, including thebest sellers The Courage to Teach (now in its tenth anniversaryedition), Let Your Life Speak, and A Hidden Wholeness, his work hasbeen recognized with ten honorary doctorates and a number ofnational awards. Named one of the "most influential senior leaders"in higher education, he holds a Ph.D. from the University ofCalifornia at Berkeley.

Arthur Zajonc is professor of physics at Amherst College and hasbeen a Fulbright professor at the University of Innsbruck inAustria. He is the author of several books, including Meditation asContemplative Inquiry: When Knowing Becomes Love and Catching theLight: The Entwined History of Light and Mind. He currently directsthe Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, which supportsappropriate inclusion of contemplative methods in highereducation.

Megan Scribner is an editor and writer who has worked withnumerous foundations and educational organizations. She is coeditorof Teaching with Fire and Leading from Within and coauthor of TheCourage to Teach Guide for Reflection and Renewal. She serves as anadvisor to the Fetzer Institute.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Mark Nepo Nepo, Mark

Gratitudes

The Authors

Introduction 1

1 Toward a Philosophy of Integrative Education 19

2 When Philosophy Is Put into Practice 35

3 Beyond the Divided Academic Life 53

4 Attending to Interconnection, Living the Lesson 77

5 Experience, Contemplation, and Transformation 101

6 Transformative Conversations on Campus 125

Afterword 151

About the Appendices: Experiments in Integrative Education 155

Appendix A In the Classroom 157

Appendix B Beyond the Classroom 175

Appendix C Administrative and Campuswide Initiatives 195

Notes 217

Index 229

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