ERIC Number: ED247169
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Peak/Spiritual Experience as an Object of Curriculum Analysis.
Foshay, Arthur W.
How psychologists and theologians define the peak/spiritual experience and how this aspect of human behavior can be approached in the classroom are examined. Benjamin Bloom interviewed college students who had undergone peak experiences in the classroom. The students described a sense of total involvement, a loss of a sense of time and place, and a feeling that the experience was true in a fundamental way. Similarly, the writings of Abraham Maslow and the literature of theologians show the peak experience to be awesome, fundamental (a moment of truth), and transcendent. Language used by thoughtful people in discussing the peak experience can be organized into five categories: (1) intellectual aspects, (2) transcendence, (3) terms that characterize the experience as a whole, (4) terms that characterize particular aspects of the experience, and (5) the mystic experience. The disciplines of mathematics, science, history, literature, and the arts show that many characteristics of the peak experience, e.g., the sense of the wonderful, the amazing, can be found in subject matter. In order to evaluate peak experience in the classroom, teachers must collect and analyze subjective testimony; they must listen to students. (RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Bloom (Benjamin S); Maslow (Abraham); Peak Experiences; Spiritual Experiences
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Meeting of the Social Science Education Consortium and the Bundeszentrale fur politische Bildung (Irsee, Bavaria, West Germany, June 18-22, 1984). Portions of text are marginally legible.