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A call to advance integrative teaching and learning in highereducation.

From Parker Palmer, best-selling author of The Courage toTeach, and Arthur Zajonc, professor of physics at AmherstCollege and director of the academic program of the Center forContemplative Mind in Society, comes this call to revisit the rootsand reclaim the vision of higher education. The Heart of HigherEducation proposes an approach to teaching and learning thathonors the whole human being—mind, heart, and spirit—anessential integration if we hope to address the complex issues ofour time. The book offers a rich interplay of analysis, theory, andproposals for action from two educators and writers who havecontributed to developing the field of integrative education overthe past few decades.

  • Presents Parker Palmer’s powerful response to critics ofholistic learning and Arthur Zajonc’s elucidation of therelationship between science, the humanities, and the contemplativetraditions
  • Explores ways to take steps toward making colleges anduniversities places that awaken the deepest potential in students,faculty, and staff
  • Offers a practical approach to fostering renewal in highereducation through collegiality and conversation

The Heart of Higher Education is for all who are new tothe field of holistic education, all who want to deepen theirunderstanding of its challenges, and all who want to practice andpromote this vital approach to teaching and learning on theircampuses.

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