ERIC Number: EJ1188584
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Transforming Learning: Teaching Compassion and Caring Values in Higher Education
Clouston, Teena J.
Journal of Further and Higher Education, v42 n7 p1015-1024 2018
As a result of reported failings in the care of people in the health and social care sector in the United Kingdom (UK), Higher Education (HE) providers who produce professionals to work in these areas are being challenged to address caring values in the student body. As values are subjective and affective, this requires the learning environment to not only promote critical thinking and the development of professional competencies, but to facilitate personal growth and change within students at cognitive, emotional and spiritual levels. As the latter dimensions are frequently ignored in education, this is very challenging: it requires a curriculum that supports students to understand, reflect on and, if necessary, restructure their own caring values in order to develop a transcendent lens i.e. the ability to put others before their own self interests and that of the organisation in which they work. It also requires students to develop the skills to challenge others in situations where caring values are not achieved or sustained. This can only be accomplished as a co-produced phenomenon, as it requires students who are prepared to engage in the process and educators, in both HE and practice settings, who are able and willing to role model appropriate skills and facilitate a learning relationship in which students can grow. However, if the true wisdom of caring values is to be realised in everyday practice, then this kind of transformational learning has to be supported at wider structural levels, and this just may be its Achilles heel.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Altruism, Caring, Values Education, Emotional Development, Spiritual Development, Higher Education, College Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Student Development, College Students, Social Cognition, Values, Transformative Learning, Readiness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom