ERIC Number: ED256652
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Towards a Holistic Paradigm for Education: A Communications Approach.
Gerber, Alex, Jr.
In a holistic approach to education, the various parts are related to the whole in such a way that education is no longer fragmented and unrelated to the larger society. Because it is difficult to define what is meant by the term "holistic," educators have been hesitant to use such an approach even though a growing body of literature supports the validity of such educational concepts. Holistic education emphasizes the need to develop a sensitivity to the process of one's own thoughts and feelings, and those of others. Implicitly and explicitly, holistic education emphasizes the common humanity of all people and the essential unity of life. Buckminster Fuller, Fritjof Capra, Lewis Thomas, David Bohm, and E. F. Schumacher have all discussed the need for a more holistic approach to life and education. Educators, however, have avoided dealing with interconnections among phenomena and people, preferring to maintain boundaries between disciplines and avoiding personal matters altogether. What is needed is a holistic approach that emphasizes those interconnections and could even provide the basis for a new approach to teaching values. (IS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Studies Association (Milwaukee, WI, November 4, 1983). For related document, see SO 016 350.