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Ecological Pedagogy, Buddhist Pedagogy, Hermeneutic Pedagogy

Experiments in a Curriculum for Miracles


Jackie Seidel and David W. Jardine

This book explores three interrelated roots of scholarly work that have a supportive and elaborative affinity to authentic and engaging classroom inquiry: ecological consciousness, Buddhist epistemologies, philosophies and practices, and interpretive inquiry or «hermeneutics». Although these three roots originate outside of and extend far beyond most educational literature, understanding them can be of immense practical importance to the conduct of rich, rigorous, practicable, sustainable, and adventurous classroom work for students and teachers alike.
The authors collectively bring to these reflections decades of classroom experience in grades K–12 and the experience of supervising hundreds of student teachers in such settings as well as working regularly with schools and classroom teachers in their day-to-day work. The authors demonstrate, through several classroom examples, how ecology, Buddhism, and hermeneutics provide ways to re-invigorate the often-moribund discourse of education and bring a sense of beauty and rigorous joy to classroom life for teachers and students alike.
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This book is dedicated to David G. Smith. Words fail us, again and again, in describing the intimate difference one being can make in the life of another when one lives in the presence of such a boundless heart. We dedicate whatever meager merit may have accrued around us from knowing and loving him to the great and irremediable suffering of all beings, especially those in schools. This book is our thanksgiving.

This book is also dedicated to Peter Rilstone for all the years he has taught us. ← vii | 1 →


Introduction: “We are Here, We are Here.”

Jackie Seidel & David W. Jardine


In the coulee a pocket of darkness.Marbled pairs of reflected light,briefly glow, then shimmer and fade out.Alone now, they wind through tangles, relentless,and re-emerge into one.Call up to the creators; we are here, we are here.                              from Judson Innes, “A Pocket Full of Darkness”

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