Education's Highest Aim Teaching and Learning through a Spirituality of Communion

ISBN-10: 1565483367

ISBN-13: 9781565483361

Edition: 2010

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Since "A Nation at Risk" in 1983, the "problem" of education in the United States has occupied a prominent space in the media, in the halls of government, and in the lives of those most involved in schools. After twenty-five years of inquiry, experimentation, debate and legislation such as No Child Left Behind, the problems seem as insoluble now as then. Education's Highest Aim presents the thoughts and experiences of researchers, students, teachers, administrators, parents, and other stakeholders who have applied a theoretical and practical framework derived from Chiara Lubich's spirituality of communion to their various scenes of teaching and learning. Education's Highest Aim offers proven and effective ways of dealing with the problematic realities found in primary, elementary, secondary, and university education.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: New City Press of the Focolare
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 152
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

MICHAEL JAMES is a Visiting Fellow at the Max Beloff Centre for the Study of Liberty at the University of Buckingham. He has been a full-time editor since 1989, after a 20 year career as a lecturer in politics at universities in the UK and Australia. From 1994 to 1998 he was the founding editor of Agenda, the policy journal of the Australian National University s College of Business and Economics.

Prefacep. 7
Introductionp. 11
What Does This Book Contain?p. 12
Who Could Profit From This Book?p. 13
How Can This Book Be Used?p. 13
Re-imagining Education through a Spirituality of Communionp. 17
Educational Practice, Theory and Identity Formationp. 18
Fundamental Tensions in Education Theory and Practicep. 19
Negotiating the Tension between the Individual Person and Persons in Relationshipp. 21
Existential Identityp. 23
Fragmentation, Self and Secularismp. 25
Narrative As an Interpretive Methodologyp. 28
Reading the Narrativesp. 30
The Focolare Movement and Education: Background and Sourcesp. 33
Originsp. 34
Building a New Society Togetherp. 36
Youth Formationp. 38
Academic Reflectionp. 40
"EDU — Education and Unity"p. 41
Institutional Modelsp. 42
Conclusionp. 43
Theory and Practice: Applying a Spirituality of Communion in Academic Settingsp. 45
Introductionp. 45
Enhancing Reciprocity in a School Environmentp. 48
Generating Communion among School Staffp. 53
Generating Communion among Teachersp. 57
Generating Communion between Teacher and Studentp. 58
Developing Classroom Discipline through Reciprocityp. 61
Transforming the Isolation of Special-Needs Studentsp. 66
Establishing and Maintaining Reciprocal and Dialogical Relationships through Home Schoolingp. 71
Balancing Moral Continuity and Academic Requirementsp. 80
Redefining Educational Relationships through Reciprocityp. 84
Fostering Authentic Collegialityp. 88
Strengthening the Identity of Religiously Affiliated Institutions in a Pluralistic Environmentp. 97
Establishing Educational Institutions through a Spirituality of Communionp. 101
Postscriptp. 117
Appendix of Primary Sourcesp. 121
The Resurrection of Rome (1950)p. 121
Jesus the Teacher (1971)p. 126
The Charism of Unity and Education (2000)p. 129
Message to Participants at "The Community as Educator" Conference on Education (2006)p. 136
Children, Springtime of the Family and of Society: The Evangelization of Children (2000)p. 138
Works Citedp. 145
Authors' Informationp. 147
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