"The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival."
Teaching & Learning
What is the contemplative pedagogy and the Contemplative Pedagogy Network (CPN)?
Contemplative pedagogy is an approach to
teaching and learning that actively incorporates ‘first person’ perspectives;
connecting students to their lived, embodied experience of their own learning.
Through engaging in contemplative practices as part of their education students
become more aware of themselves, become more conscious of the impact they
have on the world around them and connect their learning to their values and
sense of meaning. The Contemplative Pedagogy Network is a digital resource that
provides a space for the exploration of ideas and experiences of working with
contemplative pedagogy. It's a place where practitioners and educators from
diverse disciplines, and with different levels of knowledge and experience, can
provide support for each other. Occasional face to face meetings are also
What was the inspiration for CPN?
CPN evolved after a meeting in London of
six educators, trainers, and lecturers who shared an interest in using
contemplative practices in higher education settings. They discussed their personal
experiences of practice and shared how the use of contemplative pedagogy
influenced their work in the classroom and sense of identity as an educator.
This meeting served as an inspiration to create a digital site to help them and
others connect, collaborate, learn and share the benefits and challenges of
incorporating contemplative approaches within their personal and professional
What are the aims and mission of CPN?
CPN has three primary aims:
1) INSPIRE – to encourage those interested
in contemplative pedagogy to explore ways of embedding contemplative practice
within their classrooms and within the curricula they teach.
2) INFORM –to share and highlight useful
resources and encourage sharing of successes and failures so that we may all
learn and progress.
3) CONNECT – to put like-minded educators in
touch with one another. Creating active, engaged and positive communities is at
the heart of contemplative pedagogy.
How do I use CPN?
CPN has a blog and also functions as a JISC
mail list and is available for anyone to join and participate upon request.
Participants are responsible for using the list only for discussions related to
contemplative pedagogy. Disagreements, which are encouraged, are to be
discussed constructively and kindly. Caroline Barratt currently edits the CPN
blog where her contact details are available for anyone wishing to join the
JISCmail list. All blogs represent the views of the author only and may not
represent the views of others in the network. Participants are encouraged to
comment on blogs.