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The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal

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A call to advance integrative teaching and learning in higher education.From Parker Palmer, best-selling author of "The Courage to Teach, " and Arthur Zajonc, professor of physics at Amherst College and director of the academic program of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, comes this call to revisit the roots and reclaim the vision of higher education. "The Hear ...more
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Published June 17th 2010 by Jossey-Bass
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Palmer and Zajonc have a way of putting into words everything for which the field of student affairs strives. This book is a call to action for institutes of higher education to do a better job of educating the whole student - not just the intellect, but the heart and soul of our students, as well. This is a book every higher ed professional should read.
Jena Eberly
I found this work to be inspiring and engaging, personally and professionally. I use it as a resource often for my graduate classes and for presentation in my assistantship. I would HIGHLY recommend this work for anyone interested in higher education.
Zajonc finds fault in many scientists who specialize in one limited fraction of the world, study it until it is mastered, and gather awards and recognition for their small scale discoveries in our large scale world. Although the world is made up of parts, these parts are in constant contact with each other, creating reactions and experiences. The actions of one cell in a human being may shed light on how our physical bodies evolved, but do little in encompassing the creativity and conscious thou ...more
Overall, I wasn't really impressed with this book, despite having heard a great deal about its merits through professional listservs. Several universities are studying this book as an all-campus read. As with The Courage to Teach, I appreciated Palmer's philosophical perspective related to teaching holistically, but I struggled to see the more pragmatic approaches to his argument. What exactly was I to do with the information? It's true that we, as faculty, should have more transformative conver ...more
Maughn Gregory
I'm a fan & follower of Parker Palmer and Arthur Zajonc so was excited to find they'd written a book on education together. They describe “Integrative Education” (6) as “a fragmented but promising movement-in-the-making … whose premises, means, and ends are not yet well formed” and call for an “overarching education philosophy that seeks to cultivate the whole human being in community" (16). This book draws broad parameters around that movement and articulates beginning philosophical premise ...more
Bonnie Irwin
This book speaks to me on so many levels. Palmer and Zajonc talk about the whole student and the whole faculty member with grace and earnestness lacking in many books on higher education. For education to be truly integrative (and successful), we must create an environment of trust on our campuses and look within. My highest praise for a book like this: I'll be thinking about this one for a long time.
Parker Palmer has not disappointed me to date. This book is a great read, but more so for administrators of universities and community colleges than for faculty. Although full-time faculty can get a number of good ideas from this book, it is administrators who must see the value of this type of education and in bringing the idea of community and collaboration into higher education.
I usually love Parker Palmer's books. Unfortunately, though, I had a more tepid response to this book (which he co-edited). I think the topic is really important. But this volume didn't strike me as being as strong as what I typically expect from him.
This is an easy-to-read book about education professionally and spiritually. Even a newbie like me can understand.
A slow read...full of things to ponder about education and our role in it. (Did I mention I had lunch with Parker Palmer?)
Great ideas and topic delivered terribly.
Cindy Peck
more of the same Parker Palmer
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Parker J. Palmer (Madison, WI) is a writer, teacher and activist whose work speaks deeply to people in many walks of life. Author of eight books--including the bestsellers Courage to Teach, Let Your Life Speak, and A Hidden Wholeness--his writing has been recognized with ten honorary doctorates and many national awards, including the 2010 William Rainey Harper Award (previously won by Margaret Mea ...more
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