The Pedagogy of Compassion at the Heart of HE

Edited by Professor Paul Gibbs

This first volume focusing on compassion in higher education examines how the university can reclaim its moral leadership. It develops a pedagogy of compassion in two critical areas: curriculum and assessment.

This book offers a moral rather than instrumental notion of university education whilst locating the university within society. It reflects a balancing of the instrumentalization of higher education as a mode of employment training and enhances the notion of the students’ well-being being at the core of the university mission. Compassion is examined in this volume as a weaving of diverse cultures and beliefs into a way of recognizing that diversity through a common good offers a way of preparing students and staff for a complex and anxious world. This book provides theoretical and practical discussions of compassion in higher education, it draws contributors from around the world and offers illustrations of compassion in action through a number of international cases studies.

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