The Ignatian Pedagogy, in the Jesuit tradition, is a process by which teachers accompany learners in the lifelong pursuit of competence, conscience, and compassionate commitment. The Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm can help teachers and learners to focus their work in a manner that is academically sound and at the same time formative of persons for others. The Ignatian Pedagogy embodies five key teaching elements--Context, Experience, Reflection, Action, and Evaluation.
Ignatian Pedagogy promises to help teachers be better teachers. It enables teachers to enrich the content and structure of what they are teaching. It gives teachers additional means of encouraging learner initiative. It allows teachers to expect more of students, to call upon them to take greater responsibility for and be more active in their own learning. It helps teachers to motivate learners by providing the occasion and rationale for them to relate what is being studied to their own world experiences.
The Ignatian Pedagogy personalises learning. It asks learners to reflect upon the meaning and significance of what they are studying. It attempts to motivate students by involving them as critical active participants in the teaching-learning process. It aims for more personal learning by bringing student and teacher experiences closer together. It invites integration of learning experiences in the classroom with those of home, workplace, community, and ever-present human need.
The Ignatian Pedagogy stresses the social dimension of both learning and teaching. It encourages close cooperation and mutual sharing of experiences and reflective dialogue among learners. It relates student learning and growth to personal interaction and human relationships.
Guided by the Ignatian pedagogical model, Jesuit educational institutions are places of intellectual integrity, critical inquiry, and mutual respect, where open dialogue characterises an environment of teaching and professional development. The Jesuit ideal of giving serious attention to the profound questions about the meaning of life encourages an openness of mind and heart, and seeks to support intellectual growth while providing opportunities for spiritual growth and development and a lifelong commitment to social justice.