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Academics of the Heart

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Academics of the Heart


The Islands Institute program is developed within a framework for teaching, learning and research suggested by Laura Rendón (2000), when she invites educators to marry precise inquiry with poetic intuition, and connect intellect with spirit. This framework is supported by the culture of the Islands, where projects such as the Islands in the Salish Sea Community Mapping Project and others bring image and science together to create community knowledge and, in Briony Penn's words, join the microscope with the mandolin


Laura Rendón is Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University. Her current research focuses on access, retention and graduation of low-income, first-generation students and the transformation of teaching and learning addressing intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual student development.


"Academics of the Heart: Reconnecting the Scientific Mind with the Spirit's Artistry." The Review of Higher Education, Vol. 24, No. 1, Fall 2000.


"As researchers who study higher education, we carry a highly significant,

if not sacred, life assignment. We are charged with seeking truth, with illuminating

truth. Ours is the path of unraveling mysteries, entering darkness

and bringing light to darkness." http://www.public.iastate.edu/~lrendon/document/academics_heart_higherED.pdf


"Realizing a Transformed Pedagogical Dreamfield: Recasting Agreements for Teaching and Learning." Spirituality in Higher Education Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 1, January 2005.


"In this essay, I seek to: 1) expose the privileged agreements that govern teaching and learning in higher education; 2) provide an intellectual and spiritual framework for recasting the agreements in order to transform teaching and learning; and 3) join the many existing voices of educational transformation to contribute to the generation of a movement that wishes to create a new dream of education. The foundation of this dream is a more harmonic, holistic vision of education that honors the whole of who we are as intellectual, compassionate, authentic human beings who value love, peace, democracy, community, diversity and hope for humanity."



See http://www.public.iastate.edu/~lrendon/homepage.html

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