Embodied Contemplative Practices Within a High School Religion Curriculm

Full Title
Embodied Contemplative Practices Within a High School Religion Curriculm
Author
Diane Mercadante D.Min.
Abstract
This thesis-project explores whether affective, embodied contemplative practices enhance cognitive learning in a Catholic high school religion classroom and encourage behavioral changes in students’ lives. The researcher introduced embodied contemplative practices to high school seniors using the lens of Appreciative Inquiry and Osmer’s four questions for practical theological interpretation, then offering students an opportunity to find meaning in their experiences using the Killen and de Beer theological reflection method. This thesis-project enters into a conversation with student experience, Gen-Z culture, and the Christian theological tradition to name the importance of embodied connection, affirm the practice of embodied Christian theology, and address the desire and need for embodied contemplative practices.
Degree Granting Institution
Country
United States
Degree Granted
Doctor of Ministry
Major
Educating for Witness
Type of Work
D.Min. Project
Advisor
Christina R. Zaker D.Min.
Language
English
Date
2019
Number of Pages
190
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