Ignatian Pedagogy: is a teaching model that seeks to develop students of competence, conscience and compassion.

Jesuit Education

  • Exists since 1534 and is known for academic excellence and innovation
  • Seeks to develop the whole student – mind, body and spirit
  • Values social justice, environmental stewardship, interreligious understanding and service to others, especially the poor and marginalized in addition to acedemic excellence
  • Prepares students for lifelong learning
  • Explores interface between faith and culture
  • Pays special attention to values, ethical issues and the development of moral character
  • Prepares students for rapidly changing and diverse society
  • Is broad based, comprehensive and rooted in liberal arts tradition
  • Develops responsible citizens who are sensitive to the need of our times
  • Maintains optimistic view of human nature and of its possibilities
  • Fosters an integration of knowledge within and across disciplines
  • Encourages critical, analytical and creative approaches to solving problems
  • Incorporates global and international dimensions for growth and learning
  • Inspires graduates to change society and the world for the better

Ignatian Pedagogy

  • Embraces the unique qualities of each student
  • Facilitates student’s understanding of information in a personally relevant and personally appropriated manner
  • Employs a systematic, sequential and purposeful teaching plan
  • Encourages students to decide what is truly good for themselves and society through a process of discernment
  • Is challenging and rigorous
  • Is interdisciplinary
  • Makes use of novel teaching methods and technologies as they arise
  • Relies on teachers to serve as model “men and women for others” both in and out of the classroom
  • Encourages attentiveness, reverence, and devotion to reveal truth and wisdom
  • Utilizes clear and specific evaluation methods
  • Encourages student responsibility and independence
  • Emphasizes “eloquentia perfecta” – speaking and writing excellence
  • Views teaching as a vocation and as a service to others
  • Values five elements of the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm that dynamically interact:
    • Context – understanding students’ life and culture
    • Experience – providing intellectual and affective learning opportunities
    • Reflection – to find meaning for self and others
    • Action – the external expression of learning
    • Evaluation – of student growth

Adapted from compilation by Debra Mooney, Ph. D - Conway Institute for Jesuit Education/ Center for Mission and Identity/Xavier University.