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Holistic Education
An Analysis of Its Ideas and Nature

Scott H. Forbes
Foreword by John Wilson

Volume 8 in the Foundations of Holistic Education Series

404-page on CD-ROM, $14.95

Holistic education has been emerging as a coherent movement since the late 1970s, but its intellectual roots extend back nearly 250 years. In this book, Dr. Forbes examines the philosophical sources of holistic education through an intensive analysis of the writings of six authors whose ideas encompass its core principles: Rousseau, Pestalozzi, Froebel, Jung, Maslow, and Rogers.

This book is for scholars and students in educational foundations who wish to more fully understand the conceptual basis of an emerging educational theory that challenges many assumptions underlying conventional schooling. Forbes demonstrates that holistic educators are concerned with Ultimacy — that is, with the fullest possible development of human potentials. Their view of teaching and learning therefore extends well beyond traditional academic goals. He explores how the six authors variously defined ultimate human development and offered diverse pedagogical strategies for achieving it.

Scott H. Forbes has worked for more than thirty years in the field of holistic education, much of that time at the Brockwood Park Krishnamurti Education Centre in England. He is the founder of a model holistic school in Portland, Oregon, and continues to be involved in research as well as teacher development. Holistic Education is adapted from his doctoral thesis at the University of Oxford.

Table of Contents

Foreword by John Wilson


Section One

  • Ultimacy as the Goal of Education
  • What Needs to be Learned
  • What Facilitates the Needed Learning
Section Two: The Founding Fathers
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi
  • Friedrich Wilhelm August Froebel
  • Carl Gustav Jung
  • Abraham Harold Maslow
  • Carl Ransom Rogers
Section Three: Sociological Analysis
  • Competence-Based Models of Pedagogy
  • Holistic Education as a Fourth Mode of Competency Model
  • Summary

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