Contemplative Pedagogy Initiative
The Contemplative Pedagogy Initiative brings together USC faculty from all disciplines several times each academic year to learn from each other about using reflective, meditative, contemplative, or other similar elements in teaching. On November 19, Tuesday, we'll be led in our first conversation of this academic year by Dr. Allen Weiss, professor of marketing at the USC Marshall School of Business. Allen is also a teacher of Insight Meditation. He will be teaching a 9-week course in mindfulness meditation practice starting Feb 2014, for USC faculty and staff. He'll share his experience employing mindfulness practice in the courses he teaches at Marshall. We will take time also for faculty to share their practices of contemplative pedagogy.
Contemplative Pedagogy Initiative - Mindfulness
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
12:30 - 1:45pm in the Mudd Hall of Philosophy (MHP) 105
Resources For Contemplative Teaching And Learning
- The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education is an initiative of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, promoting the emergence of a broad culture of contemplation in the academy by connecting a network of leading institutions and academics committed to the recovery and development of the contemplative dimension of teaching, learning and knowing. http://www.acmhe.org . It conducts workshops and trainings in contemplative pedagogy techniques.
- Poetic Proverbs for Contemplation - for use at the outset of class meetings
- How to Solve it by George Polya (1945). This is an enduring classic, a short, pithy book about problem-solving in mathematics – but it generalizes to all types of problem-solving. His admonition to “look at the unknown” is, effectively, an invitation to contemplation.
- The Heart of Higher Education by Parker Palmer (author of The Courage to Teach) and Arthur Zajonc, professor of physics at Amherst and director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society -- "for all who are new to the field of integrative education, all who want to deepen their understanding of its challenges and prospects, and all who want to practice and promote this vital approach to teaching and learning on their campuses."
- Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry: When Knowing Becomes Love by Arthur Zajonc - "(he) developed his orientation toward meditation through working with hundreds of university students and professors..." This book is full of techniques of contemplation and meditation that can be used to enhance learning in all sorts of classrooms.
- Encouraging Authenticity and Spirituality in Higher Education – Chickering, Dalton, Stamm – A sourcebook of policies and programming used in colleges and universities to integrate and deepen students' educational experiences.
- Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith by Sharon Daloz Parks. She is a scholar and author focused on student’s search for “the big picture” in higher education.
- Powerpoint on Contemplative Inquiry (PDF) created by Rev. Jim Burklo, Associate Dean of Religious Life at USC, based on the work of Arthur Zajonc and others.
- Mindfulness Training Boosts Test Scores
References From Previous Workshops
- Keith Johnstone, Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre
- Augusto Boal, Games for Actors and Non-Actors
- Anne Bogart, The Viewpoints Book: A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition