The Pedagogy of Compassion at the Heart of Higher Education

  • Paul Gibbs

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Thinking About Compassion and Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Richard White
      Pages 19-31
    3. Kathryn Waddington
      Pages 49-70
  3. Expanding Compassionate Perspectives

  4. Compassion Within the Being of a University

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 235-238

About this book


This book offers a moral rather than instrumental notion of university education whilst locating the university within society. It reflects a balancing of the instrumentalization of higher education as a mode of employment training and enhances the notion of the students’ well-being being at the core of the university mission. Compassion is examined in this volume as a weaving of diverse cultures and beliefs into a way of recognizing that diversity through a common good offers a way of preparing students and staff for a complex and anxious world. This book provides theoretical and practical discussions of compassion in higher education, it draws contributors from around the world and offers illustrations of compassion in action through a number of international cases studies.


higher education interculturalism global justice research ethics student engagement student counselling empathy contentment student well-being diversity Care

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Gibbs
    • 1
  1. 1.The BurroughsMiddlesex UniversityLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-57782-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-57783-8
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