Holistic education aims to
instill in human beings a global conscience coupled with a vision of love and
intelligence for the restoration of a peaceful & purposeful life on the
planet. Holistic education with its roots firm in perennial philosophy brings
in a new perspective of educational design that is integrated, ecological, and
learner-centered. It seeks to cater to the emotional, intellectual, physical,
social, aesthetic and spiritual needs of all its stakeholders. The mission of
holistic education is to educate people to live responsibly in a sustainable
culture. Holistic curriculum is integrated, substantive, provocative, and
genuinely relevant to the concerns and needs of students.
This book provides a
creative exploration of the emergent holistic education, which brings together
various disciplines of human knowledge, expression, and contemplation. It lays
out principles of holistic education in a lucid manner, explaining its basic
concepts, and core tenets. It is a book that can make a real difference in any
school or classroom and more certainly in the lives of students of any age. It
provides for teachers the impetus to engage more meaningfully in students’
learning. This book is an endeavor to help put joy, excitement, and challenge
back in teaching and learning.
Kalpana Venugopal invites readers to explore
holistic learning environments that respect children’s authentic identity,
discover their potentials, and nourish their fullest development through
sustained engagement and joyful collaboration.
Dr. Kalpana Venugopal has been studying about Holistic Education intensely for about a decade. She has been engaged in examining the holistic perspectives of ancient Indian philosophy, of Indian philosophers & educators, and alternative practices in India. She has undertaken research projects & guided doctoral work in this area, and has shared her experiences in National & International forums. She has also had the opportunity of drafting a course on Holistic Education for a postgraduate education program. She is presently on the faculty of Education at the Regional Institute of Education (NCERT), Mysore.