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The Ecological Heart of Teaching

Radical Tales of Refuge and Renewal for Classrooms and Communities


Edited By Jackie Seidel and David W. Jardine

The Ecological Heart of Teaching is a collection of writings by teachers about their life in classrooms. Reflecting over three years of collective work, it illustrates how teachers, parents, and students can avoid some of the distractions and panic endemic to many schools, allowing them to focus thoughtfully on rigorous, beautiful work. It draws on ecological thinking, Buddhism, and hermeneutics to provide deeper, richer, and more abundant sources for teaching, thinking, and practice, and shows how these three lineages provide keys to decode the current malaise that surrounds schooling. The book will be valuable to beginning and experienced teachers and administrators, as well as to parents and anyone involved in stepping away from the exhausting industrial images and ideas that have turned schooling into an ecological and intellectual disaster. For those interested in interpretive research and life-writing, the book provides a wide array of examples; it is a valuable resource for undergraduate classes in curriculum and teaching, as well as graduate research methods courses interested in new forms of thinking and writing.
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The authors would like to thank the following publishers for permission to reprint articles in this text:

Chapter 7 was originally published as Jardine, D. (1997). “All beings are your ancestors”: A bear Sutra on ecology, Buddhism and pedagogy. The Trumpeter: A Journal of Ecosophy, 14(3), 120–123.

Chapter 10 was originally published as Latremouille, J. (2015). A modern hunting tradition. One World in Dialogue, 3(2), 9–11. Published by the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA), Edmonton Alberta, Canada.

Chapter 11 was originally published as Jardine, D. (2015). In appreciation of modern hunting traditions and a grouse’s life unwasted. One World in Dialogue, 3(2), 7–8. Published by the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA), Edmonton Alberta, Canada.

Chapter 21 was originally published as Seidel, J. (2014). Meditations on contemplative pedagogy as sanctuary. Journal of Contemplative Inquiry, 1(1), 141–147.

Chapter 29 was originally published as Molnar, C. (2014). Life and mortality: A teacher’s awakening. In Education, 20(2), 90–102.

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