Transformative and Spiritual Dimensions of Higher Education
Case Studies by Maia Duerr
In summer of 2002, The Fetzer Institute contracted with Arthur Zajonc of Amherst College, Maia Duerr of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, and Diana Dana of the University of Massachusetts and The Community for Integrative Learning & Action to conduct a survey of Transformative and Spiritual Dimensions of Higher Education. The purpose of the survey was to document academic programs and other initiatives in North American universities and colleges that incorporate elements of transformative learning, including contemplative practices. More than 150 academic professionals responded to the online questionnaire and 22 people were interviewed by phone.
The report served as the basis for the Fetzer Institute to discuss strategies to support transformative, spiritual, and contemplative dimensions of higher education. The case studies provide a closer look at how six professors have introduced contemplative practices into their classrooms and programs.