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The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal by [Palmer, Parker J., Zajonc, Arthur, Scribner, Megan]
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Palmer and Zajonc have issued a compelling call for change and renewal in higher education. They show us how colleges and universities can be transformed by taking a more integrated approach to teaching and learning that focuses on the inner lives of their students and faculty.
Alexander and Helen Astin, Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA

At a moment when many are dreaming of an integrative form of higher education that unites intellectual rigor with compassion and love, Palmer and Zajonc invite us to engage in conversations designed to infuse the academy with meaning, purpose, and soul. For those who yearn to transform colleges and universities from sterile, vacuous spaces to places of hope, possibility, and respect for everything human, this is the book you have been waiting for.
Laura I. Rendón, professor of higher education, Iowa State University, and author, Sentipensante Pedagogy: Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation

Parker Palmer and Arthur Zajonc call for a renewal of our commitment to inspiring deeper thinking and educating the whole person. This book should and will inspire debate about our larger purpose, about how we can go beyond the traditional silos in which we work for the sake of individual and institutional transformation.
Anthony Marx, president, College

What should be at the center of our teaching and our students learning? Palmer and Zajonc take up this simple but daunting question and provide the most solid ground yet on which to hold a conversation about the heart of our enterprise. They reimagine higher education in a way commensurate with the magnitude of our problems and offer us practical paths toward implementation. Integrative education is the most important reformation of higher learning since the rise of the modern university. This book can help us achieve it.
Anthony Lising Antonio, associate professor of education and associate director, Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research, Stanford University

[The book] strikes a welcome balance between theoretical claims and practical applications. I find [it] a worthy read for anyone interested in asking the deeper questions about what it means to educate an undergraduate. I encourage you to find the paragraphs that resonate most deeply with you, and to do the one thing the authors ask of us: have a meaningful conversation about higher education with a few colleagues. For, as they put it, renewal will germinate first in the soil of these caring and collegial conversations.
Allison Gale, Departmental Teaching Fellow for Earth and Planetary Sciences, for The Bok Blog

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The Heart of Higher Education is an invitation to everyone who cares about the academy to revisit its roots and help reclaim its highest calling.

Parker J. Palmer, best–selling author of The Courage to Teach and founder of the Center for Courage & Renewal, and Arthur Zajonc, professor of physics and director of the Center for ContemplativeMind in Society, advocate a holistic approach to teaching and learning that honors the whole human being mind, heart, and spirit. The Heart of Higher Education offers a rich interplay of analysis, theory, and action options and models to help colleges and universities become places that awaken the deepest potential in students, faculty, and staff. The authors propose an approach to educational renewal grounded in collegiality and conversation.

The Heart of Higher Education is for all who are new to the field of integrative education, all who want to deepen their understanding of its challenges and prospects, and all who want to practice and promote this vital approach to teaching and learning on their campuses.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (17 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003RWSGJK
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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As always Parker Palmer's chapters are full of rich and challenging insights. I bought the book largely for Palmer's insights. Arthur Zajonc's material was far less inspiring: he has a tendency to pontificate and his limited knowledge of the extensive recent discourse on educational research and theory was patently obviously. I understand why Palmer drew Zajonc into the dialogue, but I think the book would have been far stronger with a more education-trained dialogue partner. Buy the book for Palmer's chapters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Call for Person-Centered Teaching and Learning 23 Mar. 2015
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I first became acquainted with Parker J. Palmer's writing through his book, "The Courage to Teach," which focuses on teaching at all levels and emphasizes how the best teaching and learning happen when teachers and students speak personally out of their unique engagement with a subject. Teaching is a personal sharing of encounters with a subject, and it works when it invites students to become aware of and join the dialogue.
In this book, co-written with physicist Arthur Zajonc, the authors focus on higher education and encourage faculty to engage in collegial conversations, across the disciplines at their institutions. Palmer and Zajonc hope these conversations will build awareness of this personal dimension to all learning and in this way transform colleges and universities.

Their ideas are very appealing to me, though I have to add a skeptical note. In my own experience, such conversations are more likely to work among colleagues who are already aware of and committed to exploring this dimension. Others may see the whole idea as superfluous. It would be interesting if through conversation faculty coming from person and more subject-centered perspectives could explore and mutually respect each others' positions, but I'm not sure I or this book know how to make this happen.
4.0 out of 5 stars Integraitve education 8 Jun. 2014
By Pedro Demo - Published on Amazon.com
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It’s a strong advocacy for an alternative education based on “new sciences”, blending interdisciplinary proceedings in teaching and learning. An integral education implies wide range of virtues and qualities, such as morality, aesthetics, emotion, devotion, spirituality etc. At the universities only cognitive abilities receive some attention, putting aside other essential references for a good formation of young beings. The Authors try hard to argument in favor of a radical renewal, appealing to other pedagogies in higher education institutions, insisting upon “the heart of higher education” as being formation, not training. We can easily understand the argument, but it will be very difficult to convince faculty, who is quite resistant in changing its comfort zone. One problem is that such thinking doesn’t fit in scientific method smoothly, because it appreciates measurable formalisms and empiricisms. For exempli, contemplative pedagogy – coming from Oriental inspiration – sounds marvelous, but it is seen as esoteric at best. An the end, we have to accept that higher education is not a kind of “education”; rather, it is flat training for cognitive aims.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 2 July 2017
By Melissa - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautifully written! Parker Palmer is the best.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope for the Renewal of Higher Education 17 Nov. 2014
By Earon Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautiful look at what higher education can be, and must be, if we are to have an informed and thoughtful citizenry. By Parker J. Palmer and Arthur Zajonc.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 Aug. 2014
By Melanie - Published on Amazon.com
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A good book that I had to read for class, but a good book nonetheless.
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