ERIC Number: EJ1139279
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
A Contemplative Tool: An Expose of the Performance of Self
Klatt, Maryanna D.
Journal of Transformative Education, v15 n2 p122-136 Apr 2017
Contemplative education courses and academic programs emerging in universities across the United States and internationally have a unique opportunity to help students gain both self-awareness and an awareness of how the self is situated in a larger context. Research utilizing meditation in higher education shows promise in strengthening stress resilience, interpersonal skills, and the cognitive capabilities of attentional control and the processing of information. Pragmatic, reflective pedagogical assignments that successfully cultivate personal and social awareness need to be shared. This article details an educative experience for students in a higher education contemplative education course. The course utilizes guided mindfulness meditation and reflective writing to help students reflect upon their "performance of self" to increase awareness and potentially help sculpt their personal and professional lives. This pedagogy demonstrates an innovative and creative application of the theory of contemplative practice in action.
Descriptors: Metacognition, Teaching Methods, Theory Practice Relationship, Self Concept, Stress Variables, Resilience (Psychology), Interpersonal Competence, Social Cognition, Attention Control, Cognitive Processes, Transformative Learning, Course Descriptions, Theater Arts, Higher Education, Assignments
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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