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Holistic Curriculum

  • By: Pamela Bolotin Joseph
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Holistic curriculum is a description of educational practices intended to cultivate fully developed human beings by attending to their physical, emotional, psychological, moral, and spiritual growth. Cultivation of personal meaning and fulfillment, love for lifelong learning, and connection to others and the natural world are among educators' aims in the holistic curricular tradition.

Holism, in this curricular orientation, means both oneness and interrelatedness. Advocates of this curriculum disavow common dualisms—such as mind–body, logic–intuition, art–science, or group–individual. They also reject the fragmentation, standardization, and competition of modern society and schooling so that individuals can develop without experiencing systems that limit or stifle their growth and potentials. Moreover, holism entails recognizing the interconnectedness of the universe, including all of life and nature.

Educators began to refer to the ...

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