ERIC Number: ED313745
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Zen and the Sport of Public Speaking.
Majors, Randall E.
Zen, described as "a way of spiritual enlightenment," is learned by submitting to a discipline. The learner must select a course of study and find a master. The master serves as a role model; he does not impart wisdom but merely creates a ground in which the student can study the discipline and discover his "inner self." Many limitations confront the teacher who wishes to employ the principles of Zen in an American classroom. Vast and pervasive differences exist between American and Asian cultures, many of which are beyond the control of the instructor. Zen methods are a way to infuse an entirely different attitude in a student towards education, a specific subject matter, the instructor, and the self-concept of the student. Zen techniques which can be used in teaching communication to provide a unique, and often revolutionary, starting place for learning include: (1) begin the class with meditation; (2) create in the classroom an atmosphere of calm; (3) give students personal attention; (4) enforce discipline; (5) internalize standards of performance; (6) teach by demonstration; and (7) teach with ritual, humor, and story. (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A