Contemplative Teaching, Contemplative Learning: A SEDA Day School

07 June 2013

Location: University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS - Room MG14

There is a growing interest in contemplative approaches to education: bringing knowledge, understanding and practice of stillness, quietness, mindfulness into an increasingly pressured HE (and FE) environment. We propose an experiential day school that will model a contemplative approach and will also enable colleagues to place contemplative learning within the context of relevant literature in the field.

This event will build on the SEDA-funded labyrinth-making event held at the University of Westminster in April 2012 as well as on the University of Westminster's Learning and Teaching Symposium held in July 2013 when a 'Mindfulness' workshop was held and received with considerable interest. It will create a reflective space in which colleagues can share and experience some contemplative practices and will offer participants the opportunity to:

  • Explore the concept of contemplative learning and its potential within HE;
  • Develop their awareness of the growing literature on contemplative learning;
  • Become familiar with practical examples of contemplative learning in different HE contexts;
  • Experience some contemplative practices including a labyrinth walk;
  • Share reflections on how contemplative approaches might aid your own pedagogic practice or your work in student or staff development.
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