Why Sustainability Education Needs Pedagogies of Reflection and Contemplation
Marie Eaton, Fairhaven College, Western Washington University; Katherine Davies, Antioch University Seattle; Sarah Williams, The Evergreen State College, Jean MacGregor, Curriculum for the Bioregion, The Evergreen State College
This essay sets out a rationale and framework for pedagogies of reflective and contemplative practice and makes an argument for why they are critically important to sustainability education. It was written by four members of the "Sustainability and Contemplative Practice Faculty Learning Community," a community of faculty members in the Puget Sound bioregion who have been meeting occasionally since 2009 to share various reflective and contemplative practices that they are using in classroom settings. Many of the practices described in this paper are featured here in the Curriculum for the Bioregion collection.