Kathryn Waddington, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Reader in Psychology recently guest edited a Special Issue on Compassionate Pedagogy for the Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice (December 2018, Volume 6, Issue 3). The range and quality of papers selected for publication reflect a ‘compassion turn’ in academic practice, and this also reflects well upon our own University strategy, values and vision as a progressive, compassionate and responsible organisation.
Compassionate pedagogy is about ensuring that our teaching and interactions with students and colleagues are based on kindness, and followed through by actions and practices that alleviate suffering and promote wellbeing. It is important because it allows students, teachers and all involved in universities to become a humanising voice which listens to and hears the realities of the marginalised and excluded.
The Special Issue of the Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice can be downloaded here: https://jpaap.napier.ac.uk/index.php/JPAAP/issue/view/23
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