Contemplation in Education

  • Arthur ZajoncEmail author
Part of the Mindfulness in Behavioral Health book series (MIBH)


In recent years the connection between contemplation and learning has become increasingly appreciated, and contemplative practices are finding their way into many secular educational settings from kindergarten, elementary and high schools, to community colleges, universities, and professional schools. Starting from the Western philosophical tradition, I explore the relationship between contemplation and knowing with a special emphasis on cognitive and affective development. The role of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society in the post-secondary contemplative education context is described and the principles of contemplative course design are discussed. I also identify the need for a deeper theoretical understanding of contemplative pedagogy and its particular contribution to education.


Contemplative pedagogy Mindfulness in education Contemplative education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mind and Life InstituteHadleyUSA

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