Holistic–Contemplative Pedagogy for Twenty-First Century Teacher Education

Education as Healing

Authored by: Heesoon Bai , Patricia Morgan , Charles Scott , Avraham Cohen

International Handbook of Holistic Education

Print publication date:  September  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138082649
eBook ISBN: 9781315112398
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315112398-14

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Abstract

[abstract: This chapter centralizes the thesis that lack of holism in the way we live our lives manifests as imbalance, wounding, and brokenness in all members of the planet earth. Hence, we propose that healing should be an important aim of education in response to the damage that is experienced everywhere today on this planet. We look to contemplative inquiry as a way of integrating the healing methodology into holistic education. We then critically examine contemplative education itself and some of its contemporary challenges, and advocate for a comprehensive approach that recognizes the importance of psychological inner work that addresses the deep wounding, along with the healing work in intersubjectivity. The chapter concludes with suggestions for the inclusion of contemplative inquiry in teacher education, and highlights how artistic practices can serve as an effective means of recovering holism in contemplative inquiry.]

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