Aostre Johnson professor of education, is a visiting professor in the Graduate School of Social Studies at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, this semester. She is teaching graduate classes on Holistic Education in a Globalized World and Spiritual, Contemplative and Mindfulness Perspectives on Education, and an undergraduate course on Holistic Education Methods. Aoestre also gave a presentation on November 25 on “Twelve Dimensions of Spiritual Development and Education” at the Asian Pacific International Conference for Holistic Education at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.
(posted December 2017)
Aostre Johnson, professor of education, presented a paper: “How Holistic is the Mindfulness Education Movement?” at the 14th International Conference on Childhood Spirituality, Lincoln, England, July 2016; and she published a book review: “Spirituality in education in a Global, Pluralised World” in the International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, Vol.21, No. 2. 2016.
(posted June 2017)
Aostre Johnson, professor of education, published a book chapter, “Spirituality and Contemplative Education” in Spirituality across Disciplines: Research and Practice: New York: Springer (2016) Bone, J, de Souza, M., Watson, Jacqueline (Ed.); and a book review, “Spirituality in Education in a Global, Pluralized World” in the International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, Vol.21, No. 2.(2016). She also presented two papers: “How Holistic is the Mindfulness Education Movement?” at the 14thInternational Conference on Childhood Spirituality, Lincoln, England, July 2016 and “Mindfulness Education in the Context of Spiritual, Religious, Contemplative, and Ethical Perspectives” at the American Educational Research Association Conference, Washington, D.C., April 2016.
(posted November 2016)
Aostre Johnson, professor of education, presented a paper: “The Relationship between Spiritual, Religious, Contemplative and Mindfulness Education” at the 5th Global Conference on Spirituality in the 21st Century in Lisbon, Portugal, March, 2015
(posted April 2015)
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- Johnson detailed activities she will be engaged in while in Ireland:
- Carry out qualitative research on interfaith contemplative practices in diverse school types in the Republic of Ireland
- Develop interfaith contemplative practices portfolio for school curricula for diverse school types in the Republic of Ireland (1st and 2nd levels), based on research on classroom practices
- Network with associated bodies for such development: School of Education, DCU; Marino Institute of Education; National Council for Curriculum and Assessment; Educate Together; Community National Schools, etc.
- Disseminate portfolio to interested bodies in the network through public event at the end of the Fulbright tenure
- Present seminar to research students on research project
- Provide master class for research students / supervisor working on education & spirituality themes
- Contribute to on-going development of Spiritual Capital Ireland network.
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