Education from a Deeper and Multidisciplinary Perspective: Enhanced by Relating to Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Based on Mindfulness, Self-Awareness & Emotional Intelligence
Education from a Deeper and Multidisciplinary Perspective: Enhanced by Relating to Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Based on Mindfulness, Self-Awareness & Emotional Intelligence by Chandana Watagodakumbura informatively and authoritatively surveys the much-needed shift within the education system. Watagodakumbura outlines the current curriculum’s focus on cognitive outcomes, whereas emotional and social reactions carry significant weight. So much so that through a more balanced emphasis and analysis of emotional, cognitive, and social developments the education system would produce more well-rounded and capable individuals. Watagodakumbura logically explains in Education from a Deeper and Multidisciplinary Perspective how, “If we disregard even a single relevant dimension or an associated system from the equation, we are likely to get a less optimal or distorted perspective of the issue.” Only through comprehensive analysis that considers factors previously cast aside can we begin to deeply understand our evolution and capabilities. Numerous chapters consider the matter of authentic learning from a variety of perspectives and applications. Particularly noteworthy is Watagodakumbura’s prudent decision to dedicate several segments to clearly identifying and specifying vital terms within this subject matter. From “learning” and “creativity” to “giftedness” and “human development,” Watagodakumbura leaves no relevant term undefined. Far too often authors overlook this aspect, which leaves a work muddled and adorned with gray areas. Moreover, Watagodakumbura’s analysis of this material from pedagogical and multidisciplinary perspectives provide refreshing insight that both expand on established theories and blaze new paths for future researchers of this subject matter. Watagodakumbura states, “The challenge is to integrate and prioritize all these perspectives to understand and define authentic education, the deeper perspective of education, in a sensible and meaningful manner, boldly attacking the status quo, in order to remove any confusions/ contradictions as well as to pave the way for sustainable social development.”
Watagodakumbura’s passion for the field is infectious and translates across the chapters. The complex subject matter encourages a scholarly, informed reader capable of assessing and considering the concepts outlined in Education from a Deeper and Multidisciplinary Perspective. With that said, any reader eagerly seeking to revolutionize the education system will locate valuable pieces of information within Watagodakumbura’s work. Chandana Watagodakumbura’s commanding analysis of the material and innovative perspective earns this piece a resounding five stars. Education from a Deeper and Multidisciplinary Perspective: Enhanced by Relating to Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Based on Mindfulness, Self-Awareness & Emotional Intelligence by Chandana Watagodakumbura is an informative indication of the potential direction of the field of education given more inclusive, exhaustive programming.
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