n South African Journal of Higher Education - The case for mindfulness in teaching and learning
|Article Title||The case for mindfulness in teaching and learning|
|© Publisher:||Higher Education South Africa (HESA)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Higher Education|
|Publication Date||Jan 2005|
|Pages||147 - 157|
In this article the nature of mindfulness is explored in conjunction with its mental neighbour, mindlessness. At first glance, mindfulness conjures images of alert consciousness and willing responsibility whereas mindlessness reflects a far more negative perception of attitude and behaviour; a state of mind seemingly detrimental to effective learning. <br>In Eastern philosophy, however, emptying the mind, a positive mindlessness if you will, is a recommended state of consciousness where learners intuitively act from a state of grace with seeming ease and prowess. This mindful mindlessness is a worthy educational pursuit which belies the simplicity of polarised opposites. <br>The mindful-mindless equation impacts our lives as teachers and learners as potential partners-in-education and thus carries potentially positive and negative societal and educational consequences.
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