Holistic education: An interpretation for teachers in the IB programmes

There have been claims that holistic education reflects the education of the whole child but little clarity is offered to explain what this means, and in a field of education that is somewhat diverse, it is not surprising that there is confusion over what holistic education represents.

The purpose of this paper is to bring some clarity to what is meant by holistic education and to outline the characteristics and outcomes associated with it. This lack of clarity is an obstacle for teachers, parents and students alike and has the potential to obscure the advantages that this educational approach offers. Furthermore, such clarity would facilitate a comparison with other educational initiatives and allow curriculum designers to test their claims about whether they are delivering a programme of holistic education.

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