Presenting a collective international story, this book demonstrates the importance of compassion as an act of self-care in the face of change and disruption, providing guidance on how to cope under trying conditions in higher education settings.
Practising Compassion in Higher Education presents an opportunity to learn through story and by taking proactive action for our wellbeing. It highlights the need to protect and maintain the wellbeing of staff and students, positioning the COVID-19 pandemic as a major catalyst of disruption. The chapters connect theory with lived experience, exploring self-compassion in work and research, compassion in teaching practice and within the personal/professional blur. The book’s contributors bring a range of theoretical and personal perspectives from various global contexts, sharing their own approaches to self-care and how compassion has become a central and crucial element of this practice.
This book takes a unique approach to navigating and surviving the higher education environment and offers valuable lessons for the pandemic era and beyond. This will be an essential resource for students and professionals working in all areas of higher education.
1. Caring for self and others through challenging times: Interrupting the pandemic with compassion and kindness in higher education
Narelle Lemon, Heidi Harju-Luukkainen and Susanne Garvis
Section 1: Kindness to self during COVID-19
2. "It Be’s That Way Sometime": Mindfully Recalling Our Time During COVID-19
Linda Noble with Malgorzata Powietrzynska
3. Generating the place of self-compassion in higher education: An academic place of belonging as a catalyst of the Covid-19 pandemic
Narelle Lemon and Joanna Higgins
Section 2: Building compassion in our teaching during a pandemic
4. Cultivating Compassion in Higher Education: International Autoethnographic Approach to Online Teaching During COVID -19
Heidi Harju-Luukkainen, Jonna Kangas, David Smith, Mhairi C Beaton, Ylva Jannok Nutti and Rauni Äärelä-Vihriälä
5. "It’s gonna be alright": Self-compassion for us and students during COVID-19
Gwen Erlam and Kay Hammond
6. Cultivating a language of compassion in higher education
Maarika Piispanen and Merja Meriläinen
Section 3: The personal and professional blur: Work-life family balance with COVID-19
7. The personal and professional blur: Work-life family balance with COVID-19
Tina Yngvesson, Ann-Charlott Wank and Susanne Garvis
8. Spaces to care and places to share: Fostering a sense of belonging during the global pandemic through digitally mediated activity
Donna Pendergast, Alison Sammel, Leonie Rowan, Mia O’Brien, Tracey McCann, Harry Kanasa, David Geelan, Beryl Exley, Catherine Dennett and Sakinah Alhadad
9. Ethical responsibility in the struggle between the public and the private space: Challenges and possibilities in teacher education during the pandemic