Educating for evolving consciousness: voicing the emergency for love, life and wisdom

Gidley, J 2009, 'Educating for evolving consciousness: voicing the emergency for love, life and wisdom' in M. de Souza, L. J. Francis, J. O'Higgins-Norman and D. Scott (ed.) International Handbook of Education for Spirituality, Care and Wellbeing, Springer, Netherlands, pp. 553-561.


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Title Educating for evolving consciousness: voicing the emergency for love, life and wisdom
Author(s) Gidley, J
Year 2009
Title of book International Handbook of Education for Spirituality, Care and Wellbeing
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Netherlands
Editor(s) M. de Souza
L. J. Francis
J. O'Higgins-Norman
D. Scott
Start page 553
End page 561
Subjects History and Philosophy of Education
Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Sociology of Education
Summary This chapter takes as its starting point the notion that human consciousness is evolving beyond the boundaries of formal, reductionist modes of thinking. The emergence of new modes of thinking and new knowledge patterns is discussed via discourses that identify postformal reasoning, integral thinking, and planetary consciousness. The chapter explores the theoretical relationships between several themes arising from the evolution of consciousness literature and a diversity of postformal educational approaches. Four core pedagogical values emerge from the intersection between these two clusters: love, life, wisdom, and voice. These core values are elucidated theoretically in relation to philosophies of education and practically through examples from the art of education. They are offered as pedagogical seeds for evolving consciousness through education in the 21st century.
Copyright notice © Springer 2009
Keyword(s) holistic
integral
life
love
pedagogy
planetary
postformal
spirituality
wisdom
voice
ISBN 9781402090172
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