The discussion about holistic education (HE) should focus on issues and consequences for teacher training. This is the red line of this chapter. If the paradigm of HE does not encourage and stimulate consequences in different fields of pedagogy and educational practice including teacher training, it is nothing more than a theoretical exercise. It should help to stimulate to change the perspective of teachers, their attitudes, their professional understanding, their understanding of learning and teaching towards the purpose of education that is to nurture human potential in as comprehensive sense.

Standards of teacher training and quality of teaching are in the focus of the educational debate in many countries today. It is anew in discussion how school works, what basics of professional teaching are needed and what qualifications teachers should have.

This chapter presents elements of holistic education that can be linked to teacher training. In the first part, some basic information about HE is presented. The second part introduces three main perspectives of approaches that include elements of HE represented by Parker Palmer and Paulo Freire, two well-know educators, and by Peter Senge who is known for his Fifth Discipline approach of organisational learning that has created great resonance also in the area of schooling.

The chapter concludes with a summary and outlook.


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  1. 1.Comenius-Institut, Protestant Centre for Research and Development in EducationMuensterGermany

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