The Faculty

M. Beattie, D. Booth, L. Cameron, R.Cohen, 
G. Feuerverger, K.Gallagher, 
Ruben Gaztambinde-Fernandezs. S. Karsten, 
J. Miller

Areas of Academic Interest: professional knowledge; narrative research; teacher development; educational reform; research and inquiry in the arts 

Areas of Academic Interest: literacy education; gender issues in literacy; early childhood; drama/theatre pedagogy; arts in education

Areas of Academic Interest: early childhood education; nature and development of literacy and language; teacher development; play 

Areas of Academic Interest: holistic education approaches in mathematics teaching; attitudes and feelings in the mathematics classroom; a holistic approach to helping elementary teachers and students overcome math anxiety.


Areas of Academic Interest: urban school-based research; drama/theatre pedagogy; arts collaborations and community/theatre partnerships; girls and secondary schooling; youth and theatre; pedagogy and policy innovation.

Areas of Academic Interest:
arts in education; curriculum theory; cultural studies; arts and society; sociology of education; youth and urban schooling; elite schooling; popular culture; intersectionality and identity processes; interpretive research methodology; school ethnography; critical theory and pedagogy; feminist theory; postcolonial theory; 

Areas of Academic Interest: holistic education; instructional design, computers in the curriculum; web-based teaching and learning, self-actualizing through learning with technology; eportfolios. 

JACK MILLER Co-ordinator 
Areas of Academic Interest: holistic education; spirituality in education; curriculum orientations; contemplation in educational settings. 

For further information about Holistic and Art-Based Education Contact:

Jack Miller 
Telephone: (416) 978-0221
email: j.miller@utoronto.ca

Holistic Educator's Meetings at OISE/UT
Saturday morning meetings that feature interactive workshops of interest to holistic educators and friends.

Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto

Holistic and Art-Based Education recognizes the interconnectedness of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Learning is viewed as an experiential, organic process; making connections is seen as central to curriculum processes. An aesthetic perspective and the process of building knowledge through inquiry are seen as integral to all forms of education and life itself. Creative tools and webs of communication are explored within this context. Courses in this program focus on arts education, research and inquiry in the arts, the body's way of knowing, children's literature, creativity, contemplation, holistic learning and teaching, imagination, literature, teacher education and professional knowledge, experienced-based approaches to language, mathematics and technology, writing and spirituality in education.

Holistic Education Courses

CTL1000  Curriculum Foundations ( Feuerverger, Gallagher, Gaztambide-Fernandez)
CTL1008 Children’s Literature as a Foundation of Literate Behavior across the Curriculum (Cameron)
CTL1105 Research and Inquiry in the Arts (Beattie)
CTL1106  Spirituality in Education (Miller)
CTL1010 Children’s Literature within a Multicultural Context (Feuerverger)
CTL1110  The Holistic Curriculum (Miller, Karsten)
CTL1115 Constructing Professional Knowledge in Teaching: Holistic Perspectives to Teacher Education and Teacher Learning (Beattie)
CTL1116 Holistic Approaches in the Elementary Mathematics Curriculum (Cohen) 
CTL1117 Liberatory Practices in Drama and Education (Gallagher)
CTL1119 Gaining Confidence in Mathematics: A Holistic Approach to Rebuilding Math
  Knowledge and Overcoming Anxiety (Cohen) 
CTL1301 Language, Culture and Identity:  Using the Literary Text in Teacher Development 
CTL1033 Multicultural Perspectives in Teacher Development (Feuerverger)
CTL1799 Expressive Writing: Practice and Pedagogy (Allen)
CTL1799 Advanced Expressive Writing: Practice and Pedagogy (Allen)
CTL1799  Early Literacy Issues and Practice (Cameron)
CTL1799 The Arts, Pedagogy, and Learning Communities (Gallagher)
CTL 1799 Arts in Education: Topics, concepts and frameworks (Gaztambide-Fernandez)
CTL1799 Enhancing Holistic Learning with Computer Technology (Karsten)
CTL1825 The Teacher as Contemplative Practitioner (Miller)

Completed Masters and Doctoral Thesis Topics Have Included: narrative study of educators who practice meditation; reflections on choreography and ethnicity; the educational and artistic role of the gallery curator; a curriculum performance art; a sculptor's journey of enlightenment; peer teaching; tools for knowledge building communities; elements of linkage in drama implementation; visual metaphors; the native voice of northern Ontario literature; the reflexive novel; metaphor as a second language; the teacher's use of film; art therapy in a clinical setting; a poetics of the heart; creativity and feminine consciousness; poetry and the school classroom; experiencing and understanding a computer-based music curriculum; the actor as teacher; art appreciation and the deaf student; guided journal writing; implicit theories of creativity

For application material and information about degree programs, contact:

Office of Graduate Studies 
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto 
252 Bloor Street West 
Toronto, Ontario CANADA M5S 1V6 

ASCD Holistic Education Network
Jack Miller
Department of CTL
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1V6
phone:(416) 978-0221
fax: (416) 926-4754
email: j.miller@utoronto.ca

Breaking New Ground: Holistic Educator Conference at OISE/UT 
(last conference 2013) 
Holistic Learning: Breaking New Ground

Updated Spring 2015 selia.karsten@utoronto.ca