Contemplation as Educational Activism within Communication

Ajit Pyati

Abstract


Critical reflection, contemplation, and inner transformation are vitally important for Canadian communication studies, particularly with regard to issues of pedagogy. To address this concern, this article brings the field of contemplative education into conversation with communication studies. Contemplative education is a small but growing field within the academy that deals with issues of inner meaning and purpose. The article provides examples of how these two fields can have meaningful interactions and is a call for more scholars and instructors in communication studies to explore contemplative education’s potentially transformative applications. Ultimately, contemplative education can be seen as a form of educational activism within Canadian communication studies, linking the robust critical tradition of the field with a much-needed focus on inner transformation and deeply personal forms of learning.

RÉSUMÉ La réflexion critique, la contemplation et la transformation intérieure sont d’une importance vitale pour les études en communication au Canada, particulièrement en ce qui a trait à la pédagogie. Cet article souligne cette importance en rapprochant le champ de l’éducation contemplative à celui des études en communication. L’éducation contemplative est un champ académique restreint mais en croissance continue qui traite de sens et de motivation intimes. Cet article montre comment les deux champs peuvent interagir de manière positive et encourage les chercheurs et enseignants en communication à explorer les applications potentiellement transformationnelles de l’éducation contemplative. En fin de compte, l’éducation contemplative a le potentiel d’encourager une forme d’activisme dans les études en communication au Canada qui consisterait à associer la tradition critique robuste de la communication à une focalisation indispensable sur la transformation intérieure et des formes d’apprentissage très personnelles.


Keywords


Contemplation; Contemplative education; Educational activism; Communication studies pedagogy / Contemplation; Éducation contemplative; Activisme éducationnel; Pédagogie en études de la communication

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2017v42n1a3090

License URL: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/
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