The Living Classroom: Teaching and Collective Consciousness

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SUNY Press, Aug 28, 2008 - Education - 254 pages
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This pioneering work in teaching and transpersonal psychology explores the dynamics of collective consciousness in the classroom. Combining scientific research with personal accounts collected over thirty years, Christopher M. Bache examines the subtle influences that radiate invisibly around teachers as they work—unintended, cognitive resonances that spring up between teachers and students in the classroom. While these kinds of synchronistic connections are often overlooked by traditional academics, Bache demonstrates that they occur too frequently and are too pointed to be dismissed as mere coincidence. Drawing upon Rupert Sheldrake’s theory of morphic fields, Bache proposes that well-taught courses generate “learning fields” around them, forms of collective consciousness that can trigger new insights and startling personal transformations. Moving beyond theory, this book is rich with student stories and offers practical, hands-on strategies for teachers who want to begin working with these learning fields to take their teaching to a more conscious level.
  

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Contents

Resonance in the Classroom
17
Group Fields Group Minds
43
The Science of Fields
69
Working with Fields of Consciousness
95
Working with Fields
97
Cafe Conversations
119
Teaching in a Living Universe
139
Waking Up in the Classroom
141
Where We Begin
167
Healing through Writing
179
Spiritual Experiences
189
Conversion Experiences
205
Touched by Death
217
Personal Discoveries
229
NOTES
237
BIBLIOGRAPHY
247

Student Stories
161
Introduction
163

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About the author (2008)

Christopher M. Bache is Professor of Religious Studies at Youngstown State University and the author of Dark Night, Early Dawn: Steps to a Deep Ecology of Mind, also published by SUNY Press.