| UST Faculty Research Colloquium |
Thursday, February 6, 2020 12:15 PM to 2:00 PM
Honoring the Whole Person in Higher Education
Methods in higher education tend to favor abstract thinking and, in some instances, emotional intelligence and competence. Educational curricula focused exclusively on cognition and emotion may unintentionally marginalize implicit and bodily knowing and learning. Recent findings in body-mind and educational research highlight the importance of using embodied approaches in adult education; embodied approaches view individuals as holistic organisms in interaction with their environment. Much of the recent research is founded on well-established paradigms (such as Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology of perception) that view the body as one’s medium for being in the world. In this presentation, we will explore an embodied learning approach that highlights sensory-kinesthetic and perceptual experience as a gateway for higher level social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual learning, honoring the whole person and paving holistic pathways for knowledge, empowerment, agency, and social justice.