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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

Theme tune by David Vesey

On this week's programme I bring you the second and final part of my interview with Professor John P. Miller from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. John P. Miller is the author of The Holistic Curriculum, the third edition of which was recently published. Among the matters we discussed on the programme this week were:

  • The importance of examining our beliefs
  • The soul as the unconditioned self
  • The connection between holistic education and mental health
  • The relationship between holistic education and affective education, humanistic education, confluent education and transpersonal education.
  • The Holistic Ed Review started by Ron Miller
  • The lack of university programmes in holistic education up to doctoral level
  • What school is for
  • The Sudbury Valley School

People mentioned by John P. Miller

Books/authors mentioned on the programme:

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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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On this week's programme I spoke to Lindsay Myers, the organiser of a conference on "The Art of Education in Steiner Waldorf National Schools" about Steiner Education. Lindsay Myers is also involved with Galway Steiner School.

I also brought you the first of a two-part interview with Tomás Ó Ruairc, the Director of the Teaching Council. On this week's programme he spoke about the Féilte event, about Continuing Professional Development, and about research and teaching.

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On this week's programme I spoke to Sarah Pepper who is the Principal of the International School of Dublin. You can learn more about the school here and here.

This is the final Inside Education programme for now. Thank you for listening and I hope to be back some time in the future.

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On this programme I spoke to Alan Bennett of Fighting Words, a creative writing initiative in Dublin's inner city to get children of all ages writing. It was set up by Roddy Doyle and Seán Love, inspired by 826 Valencia in San Francisco.

The programme also featured a brief snippet of the interview with Mark Patrick Hederman, Abbot of Glenstal who featured in a recent programme. This was a clip that I was unable to bring you in the previous programme due to lack of time.

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News roundup by Barry Hennessy

The featured guest on this week's programme is Dr. Mark Patrick Hederman, Abbot of Glenstal Abbey in Limerick. He was a keynote speaker at a colloquium in Waterford Institute of Technology called Teaching Matters.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

News roundup by Barry Hennessy

In this programme Mary Chambers describes her work as Principal Teacher of the Hospital School in the Children's University Hospital in Temple Street in Dublin.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

You can choose the statistics about leaving certificate results that you want to view for yourself here. I compared failure rates and A grades in maths with those in modern languages, business studies and the arts.

The guests on this week's programme were Mr. Noel Kelly who is the Manager of "Preparing for Life" intervention with the Northside Partnership. Dr. Orla Doyle is a senior researcher at University College Dublin's Geary Institute.

Barry presented and produced "The View from Here" and his guest this week was Tony Donoghue of IBEC.

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Home Education Network website

 

Home School Ireland

 

Irish Institute for Chinese Studies UCD website

 

National Educational Welfare Board website

 

Guests on the programme: Dr. Liming Wang, Gwen and Dannen Peters, Dan Arnold, Emer Farrell.

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