Addressing Social and Ecological Degradation through Education
Chapter 8. Pedagogy of Purpose
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PEDAGOGY OF PURPOSE
A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he [sic] is to be ultimately happy. (Maslow, 1943)
This chapter identifies the importance of purpose as an element of restoration and considers how educators can help students seek purpose. The chapter begins with an exploration of what purpose is and why a sense of purpose is important. Next I suggest that purpose is not the profound and noble pursuit of the highly enlightened, but often is a more grounded and humble commitment to anything one finds meaningful. Then I explore how we develop a sense of purpose and how educators can support students on their path to purpose. The chapter concludes with a consideration of the positive youth development approach that ultimately circles back to the pedagogy of basic needs, establishing a synergy among the elements of pedagogy for restoration.
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