The Wesleyan Tradition and Qualitative Inquiry in Contemporary Counseling Psychology: Heart and Mind as Art and Science

Noelle S. Griffin Wiersma


A number of scholars have examined ways in which the Wesleyan theological tradition embodies both reasonable and “imaginative” properties, such as creativity, action, and affect, in vocational activities such as teaching, preaching, and classroom learning. In this essay, Noelle S. Griffin Wiersma considers the application of the relational, experiential, practical, affective, and imaginative principles inherent in the life of John Wesley and in the Wesleyan faith tradition to the artistic and scientific aspects of qualitative inquiry as a form of scholarship in counseling psychology and in other disciplines. Ms. Wiersma is Associate Professor of Psychology at Whitworth College.


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