Focusing not just on the what, but the HOW of education
“I am the son of educators,” said Br. Diego Diaz, SCJ. “Helping people to learn — especially children — has been important to me since I was very young.
It was this passion for teaching, but also in finding ways to help people to learn, that interested Br. Diego in the field of Psychopedagogy, an area of study that focuses how people learn, and how to create environments that can aid in the learning process. In early April, Br. Diego completed his final project toward his master’s degree in the field.
The basis of his master’s project was on Sacred Heart Southern Missions’ summer programs for children. Br. Diego said that summer camps can be an ideal learning environment because “they allow the emotional space for learning, playing and socializing; it is a holistic approach to learning.”
“The pedagogy of the heart was essential to Fr. Leo John Dehon, our founder,” said Br. Diego. “A pedagogy of the heart means a holistic approach; it means approaching the entire person, not just a student’s academic needs. Teaching our students in this way will help them to use a holistic style in other areas of their life, including their interaction with others, as they become adults and take on roles within their communities.”
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