Sustaining the heart of education: Finding space for wisdom and compassion

Leslie McClain, Rose Ylimaki, Michael P. Ford

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How is it possible for those of us involved in education to bring to life the language and ways of being together in schools that sustain the heart of education, cultivating wisdom and compassion in ourselves and those in our midst, while tending to our educational responsibilities associated with standards and assessment? This inquiry led us to educators, children and classrooms in the UK and US, in urban cities and small towns, where conversation and space is being held for the cultivation of wisdom and compassionate action. Primary data were gathered from interviews employing a semi-structured interview protocol developed specifically for the wisdom-and-compassion research and derived from wisdom teachings as set out in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. Through observations and interviews we discovered examples that bring to life the ongoing cultivation of dynamic wisdom, mindful awareness and compassionate action in schools and classrooms today.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-316
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Children's Spirituality
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • classrooms
  • compassion
  • education
  • schools
  • wisdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy


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