About us

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The contemplative pedagogy network evolved after a meeting in London of six educators, trainers and lecturers during which we discussed our shared interest in contemplative practice in higher and further education settings. We spoke about our personal contemplative practice, how it influenced our work and our experience of utilising contemplative practice in the classroom as well as other training contexts. Overall the meeting left us with a welcome sense of connection, a spring in our step and a twinkle in our eye.

The aims of the network are to:

Inspire – to encourage those interested in contemplative pedagogy to explore ways of embedding it within their classrooms and within the curricula they teach. We also hope to provide inspiration for educators looking to take up, deepen or diversify their own contemplative practice.

Inform – as a relatively new concept, particularly in the UK, research and evidence of good practice within contemplative pedagogy is currently quite limited. We aim to highlight useful resources and encourage sharing of successes and failures so that we may all learn and progress.

Connect – making connections between those interested in contemplative pedagogy will provide valuable support for both our teaching and contemplative practice. Creating active, engaged and positive communities is at the heart of contemplative pedagogy.

The network functions as a JISC mail list that anyone can ask to be added to. We ask that people take responsibility for what they email to the group. It should only be used for discussion related to contemplative pedagogy and any disagreements, which we encourage you to explore, are to be discussed in a constructive, kind way. You can also chose to receive emails when this blog is edited by clicking on the ‘follow by email’ button below.

The blog is edited by Caroline Barratt and [kind volunteer/s yet to be named]. All blogs represent the views of the author only and may not represent the views of others in the network. You are encouraged to  comment on blogs, but again this should be done in a kind, constructive way. The editors will remove comments they consider to be offensive.

If you would like to write a short piece for this blog (600 words max) or to be added to the JISC mail list contact Caroline on barrattc@essex.ac.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “About us

  1. I discovered your blog through the ACMHE list serve and had a wonderful time reading through your blog and the great resources you have listed. Thank you for your enthusiasm and heartfelt sharing. Best wishes for the Network and for your upcoming events. Cheryl

    Cheryl Banks-Smith
    Associate Professor/Dance Department
    Pasadena City College
    1570 E. Colorado Boulevard
    Pasadena, California
    (626) 585-3301
    cabanks-smith@pasadena.edu

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  2. It’s wonderful to see that contemplative pedagogy as an area of study, research and practice is expanding around the globe! I live in Vancouver Canada, and have been working with contemplative pedagogy through art, meditation and poetry for over 25 years. I was fortunate to attend Naropa University’s (Boulder Colorado), last contemplative pedagogy retreat for university educators and administrators a few years ago. The field is burgeoning. Simon Fraser University, in the Vancouver area, just started their first year of a new Master’s program in Contemplative Education. Many schools in the Vancouver area have embraced the MindUp program for elementary and high school students. There is a growing curriculum, and a cohort of teachers who are using mindfulness practices with their students with great success. Students report greater concentration, more calm, and better relationships with friends and family. Students learn socil-empotional regulation and ways of calming themselves in times of stress. Students are teaching their families how to meditate too. I’m interested to know if this has been introduced in Europe as well.

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