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Reverence and Teaching: The Forgotten Virtue


by Jim Garrison & A.G. Rud — 2013

The purpose of this chapter is to understand the spiritual dimensions of teaching by elucidating the cardinal and forgotten virtue of reverence. Reverence has a power beyond a typical understanding of it as something religious. Reverence involves a sense of wonder and awe for something or someone that meets at least one of the following conditions: (1) something we cannot control; (2) something we cannot create; (3) something we cannot fully understand; (4) something transcendent, even supernatural The chapter shows reverence in a wider context that does not diminish its spiritual connotations, but rather shows its importance and relevance to teaching in today’s classrooms.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 112. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 115 Number 13, 2013, p. 154-175
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18323, Date Accessed: 4/26/2017 7:30:26 PM

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  • Jim Garrison
    Virginia Tech
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    JIM GARRISON is a professor of education at Virginia Tech where he also holds appointments in the Department of Philosophy, Alliance for Social Political and Ethical Thought, and Science and Technology Studies. His research focuses on philosophical pragmatism. Recent publications include a co-edited work with A. G. Rud Teaching with Reverence: Reviving an Ancient Virtue for Today’s Schools (Palgrave, 2012) and another book co-authored with the Stefan Neubert and Kersten Reich at the University of Koln, Germany, John Dewey’s Philosophy of Education: An Introduction and Recontextualization for Our Times (Palgrave, 2012).
  • A.G. Rud
    Washington State University
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    A. G. RUD is Distinguished Professor in the College of Education at Washington State University. His areas of research interest include philosophy of education and the moral dimensions of teaching, learning, and leading. His most recent books are Albert Schweitzer’s Legacy for Education: Reverence for Life (2011) and edited with Jim Garrison, Teaching with Reverence: Reviving an Ancient Virtue for Today’s Schools (2012), both published by Palgrave Macmillan.
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