In defence of a pedagogy of the heart: theory and practice in the use of imaginal knowledge

Eileen Willis, Tania Leiman

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    Abstract

    This article outlines one of the theoretical approaches to pedagogy of the heart, drawing specifically on the work of Hillman and his concept of imaginal knowledge. Imaginal knowledge, as opposed to evidence-based and critical pedagogy, illuminates the imagination and moves the heart towards humanistic action. In this paper, we argue that this is an area neglected in the education of professionals. The paper provides a number of methodological strategies for integrating education of the heart with critical and evidence-based knowledge. These strategies deal with how to evoke the imagination and move the heart and then progress to issues of classroom communication and the management of emotions. The context is the teaching of supporting sciences to health professionals in the university sector.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)660-671
    Number of pages12
    JournalHigher Education Research and Development (HERDSA)
    Volume32
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013

    Keywords

    • critical theory
    • emotions
    • evidence-based
    • health
    • imaginal knowledge
    • teaching and learning

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