It’s been a while since we have seen a scholarly peer review journal focused on holistic education. And it should be no surprise that TIES has a prominent role in bringing this to light. TIES faculty member, Paul Freedman will serve as the Coordinating Editor for the Holistic Education Review (HER). TIES Dean, Dr. Philip Snow Gang will serve on the journal’s Editorial Board, and faculty member, Steven Arnold will sit on the journal’s Review Board.
The Holistic Education Review is a newly emerging Open Access Journal whose Mission is to enhance and broaden the scholarship of holistic education, lift up diverse and emerging voices of holistic education practice and connect the holistic education community. In this endeavor TIES joins other supporting partners including Antioch University, The Transformative Learning Foundation and The Center for Holistic Education at Southern Oregon University, who will be the journal’s host.
HER’s Advisory Board will reunite many of the pioneers of the scholarly field of holistic education including Dr. Gang, Dr. Jack Miller, from the University of Toronto’s OISE and Dr. Ron Miller who Edited the original Holistic Education Review back in the early 1990’s. This original journal later re-branded as Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice, before folding in 2012. Other members of the Advisory Board include a multicultural and international community of scholars including Four Arrows, aka Dr. Don Trent Jacobs, Thakur Powdyell, former Minister of Education from Bhutan, as well as Yoshi Nakagura from Japan and Prapapat Niyom from Thailand.
“It is such an honor to join my editorial colleagues in stewarding this latest manifestation of holistic educational scholarship. And it is all the more delightful to have the support and participation of my TIES friends.”
Open Access journals commit to provide immediate open access to their content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. The contents become part of “the commons.” The published works are always without copyright and are always free to access. Freedman reflects, “This Open Access format feels like the perfect fit for scholarship in this particular sector. It is a welcome relief from the obsessions with proprietorship and copyright that are so ubiquitous in the world of research and publishing.”
The HER envisions a holistic educational movement that is embedded in K-12 and higher ed systems as a diverse and unifying force, dedicated to wellbeing and to uplifting the human spirit. “It is this recognition and honoring of spirit that makes this work both unique and critically important. The journal will publish work that recognizes the wholeness and connectedness of all things within the Cosmos. The TIES community will find much familiar ground here. I look forward to meeting you all on this fertile ground.”
HER’s first issue has just been published. It can be found HERE. This first issue will include a book review of Dr. Gang’s new book, Educating for Right Action and Love written by TIES’ own Steven Arnold. This book review will be nestled among many other essays, interviews, articles and announcements that TIES folks will find relevant and inspiring.