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ERIC Number: EJ1159680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2056-9971
Acedia and Student Life: Ancient Christian Wisdom for Addressing Boredom, Distraction, and Over-Commitment in Undergraduates
Aijian, J. L.
International Journal of Christianity & Education, v21 n3 p186-196 Nov 2017
Although the deadly vice of acedia is prevalent in contemporary student culture, it is often misunderstood as mere carelessness. This article reconstructs the ancient meaning of acedia, highlighting its outward markers and arguing for a complex account of its internal motivations grounded in the work of John Cassian. These insights are then applied to the experience of contemporary educators with students who are listless or distracted. Students who manifest acedia ought to be understood as not merely careless, but possibly suffering from a kind of paralysis brought on by anxiety or despair. Finally, Cassian suggests some remedies available to educators.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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