AbstractsEducation Research & Administration

Lighting the Fire: A Legacy of Ignatius' Pedagogical Genius Among Faculty and Administrators of Three Jesuit Universities

by Robb Francis Kunkle

Institution: Creighton University
Year: 2015
Record ID: 2060769
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10504/68613


Jesuit higher education institutions have a historically rich bedrock upon which to advance successful teaching practices???Ignatius Loyola???s seminal work, The Spiritual Exercises, and the 20th century Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm, a pedagogical blueprint that marries the spiritual vision of Ignatius with the qualities of Jesuit education. Through their precepts, they form a significant pedagogical nucleus for contemporary Jesuit university curricula. But there continues to be a lack of documentation reflecting how Catholic and Jesuit universities have implemented Ignatian teaching and learning approaches. Jesuit faculty and administrator degree of exposure to and experience with Ignatian pedagogy is instrumental in fostering meaningful educational frameworks. This study focused on such faculty and administrator exposure to Ignatian pedagogy in addition to several secular teaching theories. In addition, it revealed faculty dedication to the Jesuit higher education pedagogical mission. The study used a survey that represented a sampling to quantitatively measure these components among faculty and administrators at Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University Maryland, and Creighton University. Collected data was analyzed and results, conclusions, and recommendations indicate the level of implementation of Ignatian pedagogy???s core values as well as commitment to selected secular teaching theories.