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Holistic Education as the Conduit to Humanizing the Economy

Holistic Education as the Conduit to Humanizing the Economy
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Author(s): Ana Martins (University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa), Isabel Martins (University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa) and Orlando Pereira (University of Minho, Portugal)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 23
Source title: Handbook of Research on Program Development and Assessment Methodologies in K-20 Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Viktor Wang (Grand Canyon University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3132-6.ch010


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One of the main challenges of contemporary society is its incessant focus on developing individuality and personal objectives. A shift in paradigm will remove the dominant logic paradigm which impedes holistic development that is necessary for spiritual development to occur. A balanced society requires two perspectives, namely, the materialistic and the humanistic. Widespread materialism characterizes the dominant system, is associated with that which is rational, visible and tangible. In direct contrast, the humanistic perspective is uniquely concerned with values, beliefs and feelings. Humanism is only visible through the inner self and felt through the goodness of the heart; it is based on that which is associated with emotions, the spiritual and the inner conscience. Education is an instrument for developing society. To educate is an art and not simply the performance of a task, it is to liberate the learner for life and thereby giving the learner meaning for existence. The shift in paradigm also takes into account a holistic model of spiritual leadership. This chapter will present a critique on extant literature and emphasize the humanizing aspect of education development that contributes to a more humane workplace enriched with collective leadership, compassion, respect, enriched with emotional, spiritual and social awareness as well as wellbeing.

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