Teaching the Whole Student
Engaged Learning With Heart, Mind, and Spirit

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Published: May 2017  

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Published: May 2017  

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Published: May 2017  

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Published: May 2017  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
292 pp., 6" x 9"
19 illus
Published in association with AAC&U

Teaching the Whole Student is a compendium of engaged teaching approaches by faculty across disciplines. These inspiring authors offer models for instructors who care deeply about their students, respect and recognize students’ social identities and lived experiences, and are interested in creating community and environments of openness and trust to foster deep-learning, academic success, and meaning-making.

The authors in this volume stretch the boundaries of academic learning and the classroom experience by seeking to identify the space between subject matter and a student's core values and prior knowledge. They work to find the interconnectedness of knowledge, understanding, meaning, inquiry and truth. They appreciate that students bring their full lives and experiences—their heart and spirit—into the classroom just as they bring their minds and intellectual inquiry.

These approaches contribute to student learning and the core academic purposes of higher education, help students find meaning and purpose in their lives, and help strengthen our diverse democracy through students’ active participation and leadership in civic life. They also have a demonstrated impact on critical and analytical thinking, student retention and academic success, personal well-being, commitments to civic engagement, diversity, and social justice.

Topics discussed:
• Teacher-student relationships and community building
• How teaching the whole student increases persistence and completion rates
• How an open learning environment fosters critical understanding
• Strategies for developing deep social and personal reflection in experiential education and service learning

The authors of this book remind us in poignant and empirical ways of the importance of teaching the whole student, as the book's title reflects.

Table of Contents:
Foreword—Beverly Daniel Tatum
Introduction—David Schoem

Part I: Whole Student Learning Approaches
1) The Whole Student Approach as a Retention Model—Jerry A. Pattengale
2) Incorporating Social Justice Into Teaching: An Integrative Pedagogy Approach—Kathleen Manning

Part II: Engaged Learning and Teaching in Practice
3) Learning Community Classrooms and Educating for Critical Hope—Gillies Malnarich
4) Relational Teaching and Learning: The Classroom as Community and the Community as Classroom—David Schoem
5) Toward a New Pedagogy to Help Create a Sustainable Future—James Crowfoot
6) Experiential and Dialogic Pedagogy in a Religious and Ethnic Conflict Course—Adrienne B. Dessel
7) Service-Learning and Integrative Pedagogy for Engaging the Whole Student—Joseph A. Galura

Part III: Integrative Pedagogy
8) Teaching and Learning That Make a Difference—James L. Heft
9) Integrative Approaches for Sustained Diversity Engagement in the Early Years of College—Angela M. Locks
10) Assessment: Rethinking the Role of Integrative Pedagogies—Kimberly A. Kline, Edward P. St. John, and Annie E. Connors
11) Teaching the Whole Student—Christine Modey, David Schoem, and Edward P. St. John

Editors and Contributors

Chapter 1

Reviews & Endorsements:
"Not only do the authors make clear that teaching the whole student is an important strategy for increasing retention and graduation rates, with increased individual commitment and connections of learning to life; but they also explain that this approach is good for the community, by increasing the number of problem-solvers and critical thinkers prepared to face and heal society’s ills. This type of teaching opens up the world of service, where graduates can use their knowledge along with their hearts, minds, and spirits to make the world a better place.

I very much enjoyed this book, an excellent compilation of thoughtful, detailed, meaningful experiences of faculty who are teaching the whole student. Their stories are inspiring to those of us who are willing to consider engaging each student’s heart, mind, and spirit. With both the theoretical underpinnings and the practical stories and examples, others will be inspired and challenged to create similar meaningful learning experiences within their own classrooms and communities."
- Teachers College Record
“Ultimately the strength of this book can be found in the questions that it poses more than in the answers it suggests. Each essay concludes with a set of reflection questions prompted by the content of the essay, and a patient, thoughtful reader could work her way through this book and be richly rewarded.”
- Reflective Teaching