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Friday, November 8 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Asking the Right Questions: Stumbling Through Contemplative Pedagogies in Research

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This session is based on a research project in which suburban US middle school teachers in a rapidly diversifying predominantly white and Christian community are introduced to contemplative pedagogies and practices to explore a sense of self and to grapple with issues of race, religion, and identity. These teachers are not "early adopters" of contemplative pedagogies and practices, and we found they moved back-and-forth between engaging in avoidance strategies and critique and criticism of the contemplative readings, practices, and activities to circumvent difficult discussions around identities. We provide insight into what this means for working and engaging with individuals who are not predisposed to contemplative work. We share how we worked through understanding why the teachers sidestepped important conversations and turned it into an opportunity to ask the right kinds of questions to sustain our well-being while deeply explore issues related to justice, inclusion, and respectful dialogue and actions.

Friday November 8, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
803 Lincoln Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01104

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