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Transformative learning : educational vision for the 21st century
O'Sullivan, Edmund, 1938-
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London ; New York : Zed Books ; New York : Distributed in USA exclusively by St. Martin's Press, [1999]

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xv, 304 pages ; 24 cm
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"An OISE/UT book published in association with University of Toronto Press."
Dream drives the action -- Education in a period of historical decline -- Education and the dilemmas of modernism: towards an ecozoic vision -- Modernism: the eclipse of cosmology and the loss of the view of the whole -- Ringing in our ears and invading our souls: reflection on the dream structure of our western cultural mantras -- Dimensions of power: education for peace, social justice and diversity -- Planetary context of creativity: educational vision in a cosmological context -- Education for integral development -- Quality of life education: transformative ecozoic vision -- Kindling the fires of the soul: educating the human spirit in our time.


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LC196 .O7 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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With this powerful book, Edmund O'Sullivan aims to radically alter the role of education in building a sustainable future. He addresses the reform of eduction in completely new terms. Where most contemporary "reforms" are about how to make education less expensive, O'Sullivan focuses on how to make it more relevant--personally and globally--in the next millennium.

Author Notes

Edmund O'Sullivan is a Professor of Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Eimear O'Neill, PhD, is a psychotherapist, an educator, and a consultant in transformative processes, who coordinates Spirit Matters gatherings in Toronto, Canada. Mark Hathaway is a PhD candidate and Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar at OISE/UT.

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Once every so often a book appears that offers deep insight and establishes a new level of understanding. O'Sullivan's text has done that. The basic notion of his work is that a significantly new vision or purpose of education has to come about that can serve as a guide to the future. O'Sullivan believes that the earth became endangered when people lost their esteem for the natural world. That is, when human priority became a more powerful force over the natural world, human beings lost sight of the importance of nature. The refocusing O'Sullivan calls for will require a new way of thinking or a new consciousness especially where and when humans interact with nature in a "mutually enhancing manner." The author identifies the school (university) as a place where thinking and the vision can meet and where "transformative" education can take hold. This volume draws a thoughtful paradigm that keeps concerns for our planet at the forefront. Highly recommended for general readers, graduate students, faculty, and professionals. R. C. Morris; State University of West Georgia

Table of Contents

Education in a Period of Historical Decline
Education and the Dilemmas of Modernism
Modernism: The Eclipse of Cosmology and the Loss of the View of the Whole
Ringing in Our Ears and Invading Our Souls
Dimensions of Power: Education for Peace, Social Justice and Diversity
The Planetary Context of Creativity: Educational Vision in a Cosmological Context
Education for Integral Development
Anima Mundi: Quality of Life Education
Epilogue: Kindling the Fires of the Soul: Educating the Human Spirit in Our Time