Towards the Compassionate University
From Golden Thread to Global Impact
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This book articulates a clear and persuasive argument for the development of compassion in higher education in a global climate of increasing competition, complexity and uncertainty. It makes a significant contribution to the concept and practice of compassion in the 21st university.
There is increasing recognition of the crucial role of compassion as a core concern in education, health and social care, and globally to ensure the future sustainability of humankind and the planet. Drawing upon a range of interdisciplinary, theoretical and professional perspectives, the book addresses the key challenges facing the 21st century university, for example regarding staff and student health and wellbeing. Compassion is a process that involves: (i) noticing that suffering is present in an organisation; (ii) making meaning of suffering in a way that contributes to a desire to alleviate it; (iii) feeling empathic concern; and (iv) taking action.
The book is relevant to academics, researchers, university leaders, policy makers, and students aspiring to develop their own understanding of the role of compassion in professional life.
Table of Contents
Part I: The Need And Foundations For Compassion
1. Introduction: Why Compassion? Why Now?
2. From ‘Me’ To ‘We’: Change The Pronoun, Change The World
Maurice Irfan Coles
3. Darwin, Evolution And Compassion In The 21st Century University
Part II: Compassion In Action
4. Action Learning As A Vehicle For Compassion
Kathryn Waddington And Yusuf Kaplan
5. Dreaming Of Compassion
6. Befriending Ourselves: Self-Compassion
7. Flourishing In The University Understory: Could Compassion Help?
8. Holistic Business Psychology Practice: Towards Building A Culture Of Compassion In Higher Education
9. Compassion: An Antidote To Neoliberal Higher Education Policies In England
10. Compassion And Tolerance: Their Relationship In A Spirit For Turbulent Times
Part III: Towards The Compassionate University
11. What Constitutes A Compassionate University?
Tony Belak And Kathryn Waddington
12. Care, Concern And Compassion In Higher Education
13. Concluding Remarks
Kathryn Waddington is Reader in Psychology and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, which was awarded (in part) for her contribution to the scholarship of compassion in higher education. She has written a single authored research monograph Gossip and Organizations, published in hardback and paperback in the Routledge Studies in Management Organizations and Society Series.