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Holistic Education: The Paradigm Shift You Have Been Looking For – Foundations of Whole Student Education K-12

Holistic Education: The Paradigm Shift You Have Been Looking For – Foundations of Whole Student Education K-12
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Author(s): Autumn Joy Florêncio-Wain (State University of New York at New Paltz, USA)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 24
Source title: Multifaceted Strategies for Social-Emotional Learning and Whole Learner Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Carissa McCray (The Harley-Jackson Foundation, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4906-3.ch001

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Abstract

This chapter explores the theories and histories of the holistic educational paradigm. Beginning with a description of the theoretical structures that underpin the holistic educational viewpoint, it lays the groundwork to understand how pedagogies as diverse as Waldorf, Montessori, Democratic Free Schooling, and homeschooling are connected by a common set of paradigmatic assumptions. Following brief summaries of the origins of these traditions, key aspects of practice and highlights from research carried out in each pedagogy are discussed. Concluding remarks draw connections between the fundamental convictions that gave rise to these pedagogies and the needs of educators in diverse contexts today.

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