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Centering BodyMindSpirit in Equitable Education: Towards Pedagogies of Wholeness

Centering BodyMindSpirit in Equitable Education: Towards Pedagogies of Wholeness
November 2022
Tiffany S. Kyser, Ph.D., Jessie Filkins, M.A., Robin G. Jackson, M.A., Kathleen King Thorius, Ph.D., & Seena M. Skelton, Ph.D..

In this, Equity Dispatch we deconstruct how cascading and collective traumas have impacted our society, and our school systems. We aim to surface how status quo approaches to pedagogy privileging intellectual knowledge over all other forms of knowledge, which contributes to, and reinforces, school-based trauma and harm. Next, we offer considerations to redesign pedagogy informed by the concept of “wholeness” drawing from existing literature and extend through our own practices leading a regional Equity Assistance Center. Accordingly, we conclude by introducing the MAP Center’s Pedagogical Framework of Wholeness toward realizing educator and student bodymindspirit health in the advancement of educational justice. 

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