Pedagogy and the Teacher Within: Reflections on Thoreau and Kinesiology in Higher Education

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In his essay, "The Heart of a Teacher," educator Parker Palmer (1997b) examines the themes of identity and community which intersect with similar strains in American philosophy, most notably the transcendentalism of Henry David Thoreau. In this article, I argue that transcendental themes help provide insight into these pedagogical issues of identity and community. In the first part of my article, I draw from several of Thoreau's essays to illustrate the importance of and necessary means to develop and maintain a sense of self. In the second section, I contend that other complementary themes from Thoreau provide a means to connect our internal reflections with the communal nature of our classes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)186-200
Number of pages15
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2013


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  • Education

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