1st Edition

International Handbook of Holistic Education

    378 Pages
    by Routledge

    378 Pages
    by Routledge

    Providing a comprehensive overview of holistic education’s history, conceptions, practices, and research, this Handbook presents an up-to-date, global picture of the field. Organized in five sections, the Handbook lays out the field’s theoretical and historical foundations; offers examples of holistic education in practice with regard to schools, programs, and pedagogies at all levels; presents research methods used in holistic education; outlines the growing effort among holistic educators to connect holistic teaching and learning with research practice; and examines present trends and future areas of interest in program development, inquiry, and research. This volume is a must-have resource for researchers and practitioners and serves as an essential foundational text for courses in the field.

    Preface: Educating the Whole Person by John P. Miller

    Section 1 Foundations

    Introduction: The Foundations of Holistic Education by Bruce Novak

    Chapter 1. Holistic Education: A Brief History by John P. Miller

    Chapter 2. Experiencing Nets of Holism through the Threshold Body by Vivian Darroch- Lozowski

    Chapter 3. Beauty and Learning by Tobin Hart

    Chapter 4. From a Deeper Place: Indigenous Worlding as the Next Step in Holistic Education by Four Arrows

    Chapter 5. Eastern Philosophy and Holistic Education by Yoshiharu Nakagawa

    Chapter 6. Care of the Soul in Education by Thomas Moore

    Section 2 Teaching/Learning/Curriculum

    Introduction: Teaching, Learning and Curriculum by Marni J. Binder

    Chapter 7. Addressing the Needs of the Whole Child: Implications for Young Children and Adults Who Care for Them by Tony Eaude

    Chapter 8. Moving the Spirit: Holistic Education and Young Children by Jane Bone

    Chapter 9. Sustainable Peace for the Planet by Edward J. Brantmeier

    Chapter 10. Core Reflection: Nurturing Human Potential in Students and Teachers by Fred A.J. Korthagen and Ellen Nuijten

    Chapter 11. Self–development as Pedagogy in Teacher Education by William L. Greene and Younghee M. Kim

    Chapter 12. Holistic-Contemplative Pedagogy for 21st Century Teacher Education: Education as Healing by Heesoon Bai, Patricia Morgan, Charles Scott, and Avraham Cohen

    Chapter 13. Integrated Curriculum for the 21st Century by Susan M. Drake and Joanne L. Reid

    Chapter 14. Holistic Assessment: Assessing Dialogically, Personally, Individually by Julian Stern

    Chapter 15. Transformation Through Art and Vision: An Indigenous Perspective by Gregory Cajete

    Section 3 Examples of Holistic Education, Practices

    Introduction: Examples of Holistic Education by John P. Miller

    Chapter 16. Waldorf Education: Freeing the Human Being by Warren Lee Cohen and Brian Daniel Bresnihan

    Chapter 17. Holism in Montessori by Michael Dorer, Tim Seldin, Robin Howe, Jennie Caskey

    Chapter 18. Cultivating the Abilities of the Heart: Educating through a Pedagogy of Love by Tom Culham, Rebecca Oxford and Jing Lin

    Chapter 19. Lhomon Education: Teaching for Well-being in Bhutan by Jackie Mitchell and Yang Gyeltshen

    Chapter 20. The School Forest Movement in South Korea from a Holistic Perspective by Bokyoung Kim

    Chapter 21. Madrasa Schools in East Africa: An Islamic Perspective in Holistic Education by Antum Panjwani and Sarfaroz Niyozov

    Chapter 22. Queer Bodies and Holistic Imaginaries by Jamie Magnusson

    Chapter 23. Holistic Features of Traditional Chinese Spiritual Practices for Personal Cultivation by Wong Ping Ho

    Section 4 Research

    Introduction: Holistic Research by Kelli Nigh and Erica Killick

    Chapter 24. The Coexistence of Spirituality and Anxiety: Mothers and Daughters by Kelli Nigh

    Chapter 25. Embodied Inquiry in Holistic Education by Celeste Snowber

    Chapter 26. The Curriculum of Character: Poetic Ruminations of Growing Old(er) by Carl Leggo

    Chapter 27. Conducting Narrative Inquiry Research from a Holistic Perspective: Honouring Story and Soul by Mary Beattie

    Chapter 28. Sound Escapes: An Holistic Approach to Spirituality and Music Education by Diana Harris

    Chapter 29. Research in, on and with Waldorf Education in the Netherlands by Aziza Mayo

    Chapter 30. Holistic Education in Thai Buddhist Schools by Prapapat Niyom

    Chapter 31. Many Layers, Many Dimensions: Building a New Science of Holistic Education by Elizabeth Spier, Frederik Leenknecht and David Osher

    Section 5 Final Reflections

    Introduction: Future Directions by Sam Crowell

    Chapter 32. A Manifesto of Holistic Education: A Declaration for Unity and Personal Choice by Susan A. Schiller

    Chapter 33. Belonging, Identity and Meaning Making-the Essence of Spirituality: Implications for Holistic Education Programs in Plural Societies by Marian de Souza

    Chapter 34. Pedagogical Mediation as a Foundation for Doctoral Study at the Universidad De La Salle in Costa Rica by Cruz Prado, Anne Robert, Jan Hurwitch with Sam Crowell

    Chapter 35. African Indigenous Education in Kenyan Universities: A Decolonizing and Transformational Tool by Njoki N. Wane and Ishmael I. Munene

    Chapter 36. Hebraism, Hellenism and Holism: Finding Sources of Life in Western Culture by Bruce Novak

    Chapter 37. Toward an Integrative Mind by Tobin Hart


    John P. (Jack) Miller is a Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, Canada.

    Kelli Nigh is Sessional Faculty at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, Canada.

    Marni J. Binder is an Associate Professor in the School of Early Childhood Studies in the Faculty of Community Services at Ryerson University, Canada.

    Bruce Novak is Past Chair of the Holistic Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association and Co-Chair of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning of the National Council of Teachers of English.

    Sam Crowell is Professor Emeritus at California State University, San Bernardino; Affiliate Professor for UNESCO Chair for Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter at University for Peace; and Faculty at Self-Design Graduate Institute, USA.

    "This new volume is an extraordinary resource that will provide great value to every holistic educator on the planet—and every other educator who wishes to learn about holistic education. This Handbook offers a truly global discussion and provides motivated educators and policy makers with profound and detailed insights about enacting the ambition to make holistic education the normative experience."

    David Marshak, Founding President of SelfDesign Graduate Institute, USA

    "A remarkably diverse group of scholars and practitioners in holistic education, including many of its leading theorists today, demonstrate that this emerging field has come of age. They reveal how holistic approaches address some of the deepest pedagogical questions and cultural dilemmas of our troubled time."

    Ron Miller, Founding Editor of Holistic Education Review