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Teaching for Purpose: Preparing Students for Lives of Meaning

Book
Malin, Heather
2018
Harvard University Press
LB1072.M35.2018
Topics: Vocation of Teaching   |   18-22 Year Olds   |   Mentoring Students

Additional Info:
In Teaching for Purpose, Heather Malin explores the idea of purpose as the purpose of education and shows how educators can prepare youth to live intentional, fulfilling lives. The book highlights the important role that purpose—defined as “a future-directed goal that is personally meaningful and aimed at contributing to something larger than the self”—plays in optimal youth development and in motivating students to promote the cognitive and noncognitive skills that teachers want to instill.

Based on a decade of research conducted at the Stanford University Center on Adolescence, the book explores how educators and schools can promote purpose through attention to school culture, curriculum, project learning, service learning, and other opportunities. Malin argues for expansive thinking on the direction schools should take, especially in terms of educating students to be creative, innovative, and self-directed critical thinkers. The book includes profiles of six organizations working in schools across the US that have made purpose development a priority.

Infused with the engaging voices of purposeful youth, Teaching for Purpose offers a fresh, inspirational guide for educators who are looking for new ways to support students to succeed not only in school, but in life. (From the Publisher)

Table Of Content:
Introduction
PART I - PURPOSE AND EDUCATION

Ch 1. What Is Your Purpose?
Ch 2. Play, Meaning, and Intention
Ch 3. Purpose and Social and Emotional Learning
Ch 4. The Three Dimensions of Purpose

PART II - PURPOSE IN SCHOOL AND IN THE CLASSROOM

Ch 5. Purposeful Schools
Ch 6. Quaglia Institute and The Future Project
Ch 7. Purposeful Instruction
Ch 8. Noble Impact and Project Wayfinder
Ch 9. Purposeful Curricula
Ch 10. Open Future Institute and MOSAIC
Ch 11. Creating a Place for Purpose

Notes

Acknowledgments

About the Author

Index
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