This chapter describes how the systems of higher education can smother the soul through institutional policies and procedures, mandated curriculum, and social expectations and norms. Yet the soul is resilient, and educators face their constraints and continue to believe in soulful teaching and learning. Using the stories from my own practice, I suggest that we should bring back the soul through mythopoetic pedagogy. Reciprocal story-telling, creating and beholding artistic work, and crafting evocative experiences are some of the ways we can engage in mythopoetic pedagogy. We can create joyful learning and connect deeply and meaningfully with each other.


Adult Education Adult Learning Kindergarten Teacher Social Expectation Artistic Work 
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© Springer Science + Business Media B.V 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia Cranton
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  1. 1.Teachers CollegeColumbia UniversityUSA
  2. 2.St. Francis Xavier University in Nova ScotiaCanada
  3. 3.University of New Brunswick in New BrunswickCanada

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