an Holistic Perspective...
- is concerned with the growth of every person's intellectual,
emotional, social, physical, artistic, creative and spiritual potentials. It
actively engages students in the teaching/learning process and encourages personal and
- is a quest for understanding and meaning. Its aim is
to nurture healthy, whole, curious persons who can learn whatever they need to know in any
new context. By introducing students to a holistic view of the planet, life on Earth, and
the emerging world community, holistic strategies enable students to perceive and
understand the various contexts which shape and give meaning to life.
- recognises the innate potential of EVERY student for
intelligent, creative, systemic thinking. This includes so-called
"students-at-risk", most of whom have severe difficulties learning within a
mechanistic reductionistic paradigm which emphasises linear, sequential processes.
- recognises that all knowledge is created within a cultural
context and that the "facts" are seldom more than shared points of view.
It encourages the transfer of learning across separate academic
disciplines. Holistic education encourages learners to critically approach the
cultural, moral and political contexts of their lives.
- values spiritual literacy (in a non-sectarian sense).
Spirituality is a state of connectedness to all life, honouring diversity in unity. It is
an experience of being, belonging and caring. It is sensitivity and compassion, joy and
hope. It is the harmony between the inner life and the outer life. It is the sense of
wonder and reverence for the mysteries of the universe and a feeling of the purposefulness
of life. It is moving towards the highest aspirations of the human spirit.
What is Holistic Education?
Why incorporate holistic
principles into education?
Maps and Models of Holistic Education