ERIC Number: EJ1051368
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Synesthesia and the Phenomenological Experience: Implications for Ecological Mindfulness and Beginning Scholars in Science Education
Luther, Rachel A.
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v10 n1 p215-227 Mar 2015
Phenomenological experiences based on an openness to the synesthesia of natural environments are a powerful pathway to the development of erotic relationships with and within a place. These relationships are beneficial for beginning scholars and those taking new jobs who find themselves adapting to a new place and career. First, I describe the value and formation of erotic relationships and how they can be constructed through synesthesia and the phenomenological experience through my understanding of the ocean Other. Second, I describe how I have used mindfulness and lived experiences in the natural world to mediate the demands of being a new faculty, and how these provide a pathway to develop and foster relationships that are mutually beneficial and conserving. Among other sustaining qualities, mindfully experiencing natural phenomena reduce stress and increase mental function and emotional well-being. These experiences also connect us with the larger community, where we gain a sense of belonging, more readily establish roots and reasons for care of the Other that sustains us.
Descriptors: Phenomenology, Physical Environment, Sensory Experience, Relationship, Metacognition, Experience, College Faculty, Anxiety, Well Being, Science Education, Marine Education, Beginning Teachers
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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