Educational imperatives of the evolution of consciousness: the integral visions of Rudolf Steiner and Ken Wilber

Gidley, J 2007, 'Educational imperatives of the evolution of consciousness: the integral visions of Rudolf Steiner and Ken Wilber', The International Journal of Children's Spirituality, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 117-135.


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Title Educational imperatives of the evolution of consciousness: the integral visions of Rudolf Steiner and Ken Wilber
Author(s) Gidley, J
Year 2007
Journal name The International Journal of Children's Spirituality
Volume number 12
Issue number 2
Start page 117
End page 135
Total pages 19
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Rudolf Steiner and Ken Wilber claim that human consciousness is evolving beyond the 'formal', abstract, intellectual mode toward a 'post-formal', integral mode. Wilber calls this 'vision-logic' and Steiner calls it 'consciousness/spiritual soul'. Both point to the emergence of more complex, dialectical, imaginative, self-reflective and spiritual ways of thinking, living and loving. Very little 'evolution of consciousness' literature appears in educational discourses. This article distils hermeneutic fragments of psychological, cultural-historical and philosophical texts and begins to examine education in this light. This evolutionary perspective may illuminate the emergence of contemporary understandings of spirituality as alternatives both to 'formal' secular and 'formal' religious education. A novel educational perspective is introduced based on a contemporised Australian interpretation of Steiner education seen through the lens of Wilber's integral framework. This creative, 'transmodern' educational vision offers one way forward to consciously facilitate the emergence in children of more life-promoting, integral, spiritually aware forms of consciousness.
Subject History and Philosophy of Education
Sociology
Sociology of Education
Keyword(s) education
evolution of consciousness
Gebser
integral
postformal
Steiner
Wilber
DOI - identifier 10.1080/13644360701467428
Copyright notice © 2007 Taylor and Francis
ISSN 1364-436X
Additional Notes *This is the most cited article in The International Journal of Children's Spirituality* 3 April 2012.
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