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Buddhist Healthcare in Philadelphia: An Ethnographic Experiment in Student-Centered, Engaged, and Inclusive Pedagogy

Division of Arts & Humanities, Penn State University Abington College, Abington, PA 19001, USA
Academic Editor: Melanie C. Brooks
Religions 2021, 12(6), 420; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12060420
Received: 14 May 2021 / Revised: 1 June 2021 / Accepted: 2 June 2021 / Published: 8 June 2021
This essay describes the Jivaka Project, a pedagogical experiment undertaken at a public liberal arts college outside of Philadelphia. A multi-year ethnographic survey of Buddhist healthcare in the greater metropolitan area, this project has come to constitute a major part of my general education course on American Buddhism. As I argue, this project serves as a model for student-centered, engaged, and inclusive approaches to pedagogy. It is particularly notable for centering the intercultural competency of international and first-generation Asian American students. I discuss how this project was inspired by a bilingual Chinese American student; how it developed into a large-scale effort involving about a hundred students in ethnographic research in Philadelphia’s Asian American neighborhoods; how it was a transformational educational experience for a diverse group of participating students; and how in the process it pushed my pedagogy in a more relevant and personally fulfilling direction. View Full-Text
Keywords: Buddhism; pedagogy; ethnography; health; student engagement; multimedia Buddhism; pedagogy; ethnography; health; student engagement; multimedia
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