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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

Theme tune by David Vesey

On this week's programme I speak to John P. (Jack) Miller, of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, and author of of The Holistic Curriculum, about holistic education. Among the topics discussed on the programme are:

  • What is holistic education?
  • In a tradition from indigenous people, Buddha, Socrates, Plato, Rousseau, Emerson, Thoreau, Peabody and Tolstoy up to Waldorf, Montessori and Reggio Emilia.
  • How The Equinox Holistic School in Toronto was inspired by and follows the ideas in Miller’s book, The Holistic Curriculum. The story of the school is told here.
  • Use of textbooks and a holistic curriculum
  • What is the experience of a holistic curriculum like for a student?
  • Autonomy for children in holistic education settings
  • Characteristics of teachers to teach holistically
  • Difference between teaching a subject holistically and teaching the same subject conventionally
  • Planning for holistic teaching
  • James Bean and integrated curriculum
  • Susan Drake and integrated curriculum
  • Relationship between holistic education and wisdom
  • The difference between contemplation and reflection and mindfulness
  • Religious education and spirituality education
  • The work of Thomas Moore on Spirituality and Education; also Parker Palmer and Rachel Kessler

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

Theme tune by David Vesey

On this week's programme I bring you more from my interview with Professor Gert Biesta, who is Professor of Public Education at Maynooth University. What comes through in everything he says is the respect and love he has for teaching. Among the wide range of topics we discuss are the following:

  • Who he writes for when he writes about education
  • Speaking and thinking about education in an educational way
  • How philosophy can inform the practice of teachers
  • Designing and teaching a module on philosophy for future teachers
  • The importance of asking good questions
  • The relevance of Kierkegaard and “Double truth giving” in teaching
  • Teaching for the possibility of being taught
  • John Dewey’s critique of the modern scientific world view
  • PE teachers who had a significant impact on him
  • Why schools should surprise
  • What inspires him

The book he is currently reading is in German and it is Allgemeine Pädagogik by Dietrich Benner. He also referred to the work of Homer Lane, whose most famous book is Talks to Parents and Teachers. He also referred to the book, Beyond the Present and the Particular by Charles H. Bailey.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

Theme tune by David Vesey

On this week's programme I speak to Gert Biesta who is Professor of Public Education at Maynooth University. Among the topics we discuss on the programme are:

  • Why he took up a position in Ireland
  • The work of the Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy at Maynooth University
  • How he’ll get to know the Irish education system
  • How teacher education in Ireland differs from teacher education in England
  • The emergence of a competitive mindset in education across countries
  • What good education is in an age of measurement
  • Balancing three purposes of education
  • The place of equity, diversity and social justice in education
  • Implications of the disappearance of teaching and the rise of learning over the last 25 years
  • The gift of teaching

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I am in conversation with five people asking them questions about education. I begin with Dr Pádraig Hogan, a Senior Lecturer in Maynooth University and then I speak to the authors of a new book on educational research titled Learning Communities in Educational Partnerships: Action Research as Transformation. The authors are Máirín Glenn, Mary Roche, Caitríona McDonagh and Bernie Sullivan and they coordinate Educational Action Research Ireland.

Among the books mentioned on the programme are the following:

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paolo Freire

Teacher by Sylvia Ashton-Warner

An Experiment in Education by Sybil Marshall

This book doesn’t make ... by Jean Augur

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme my guest is teacher educator and philosopher Dr. Pádraig Hogan of the Department of Education at Maynooth University. I spoke to Pádraig at the annual conference of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland. Among the topics we discussed in a wide-ranging interview were:

  • The purpose of schools
  • Truth and education
  • Teaching as a way of life
  • Learning as a way of life for teachers
  • Supervision on school placement
  • Challenging our prejudices as teachers and teacher educators
  • Deference and difference in education
  • Ethics and education

Ethics and teaching

Becoming a discerning reader of your own teaching

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