Contemplative Education

A Stream on “Contemplative Education”
as part of the 22nd Annual International Conference on Education
18-21 May 2020, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Education

The Education Unit of ATINER will hold a Stream on “Contemplative Education”, 18-21 May 2020, Athens, Greece as part of the 22nd Annual International Conference on Education sponsored by the Athens Journal of Education.

Contemplative Education, the topic of this stream, is a form of holistic education in which contemplative practices, philosophies and orientations are integrated into any educational setting to enhance learning by supporting the development of the whole student, teacher and educational institution.  Contemplative Education does this by enabling students and educators to engage their first-person, subjective experience, their second-person or intersubjective experience and their third-person, objective or cognitive understanding and analysis.  The heightened self-awareness developed through contemplative practices also supports social and emotional learning, prosociality, compassion competence and emotional intelligence.  There are many ways that contemplative practice and theory is incorporated in educational settings, including the remedial, such as using a simple breath exercise to help students relax and orient their focus on class content, the exploration of physiological, psychological, philosophical and religious foundations of the practices, and the creation of contemplative orientations in a classroom or across an entire institution.  Overall, as outlined by Robert Roeser and Stephen Peck, Contemplative Education is a “set of pedagogical practices designed to cultivate the potentials of mindful awareness and volition in an ethical-relational context in which the values of personal growth, learning, moral living and caring for others are also nurtured” (Roeser & Peck 2009, p. 127).  This panel explores aspects of contemplative education from theory to pedagogy and individual change to social transformation potentials.

You may participate as presenter of one paper or observer. Fee structure information is available on

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycanae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, an one-day visit to Delphi and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by the 4 May 2020 to: Dr. Patricia Morgan, Research Associate, The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. Abstracts should include the following: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address, and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. organize a stream, chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email  to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (

The association was established in 1995 as an independent world association of Academics and Researchers. Its mission is to act as a forum where Academics and Researchers from all over the world can meet in Athens, in order to exchange ideas on their research, and to discuss future developments in their disciplines.

The organizing and hosting of International Conferences and Symposiums, the carrying out of Research, and the production of Publications are the basic activities of ATINER.  Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 400 International Conferences and other events, and has published close to 200 books. In 2012, the Association launched a series of conference paper publications (click here), and at the beginning of 2014, it introduced its own series of Journals (click here).

Academically, the Association is organized into 6 Divisions, 37 Units and 6 Centers.  Each Unit organizes at least an Annual International Conference, and may also undertake various small and large research projects.

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