Title

Contemplation as Educational Activism within Communication

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2017

Journal

Canadian Journal of Communication

Volume

42

First Page

67

URL with Digital Object Identifier

Http://dx.doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2017v42n1a3090

Last Page

80

Abstract

Criticalreflection, contemplation, and innertransformation are vitally important for Canadian communication studies, particularly with regard to issues of pedagogy. To address this concern, this article brings the field of contemplative education into conversation with communication studies. Contemplative education is a small but growing field within the academy that deals with issues of inner meaning and purpose. The article provides examples of how these two fields can have meaningful interactions and is a call for more scholars and instructorsin communication studiesto explore contemplative education’s potentially transformative applications. Ultimately, contemplative education can be seen as a form of educational activism within Canadian communication studies, linking the robust critical tradition of the field with a much-needed focus on inner transformation and deeply personal forms of learning