Aims & Scope

The Journal aims to feature and publish educational research and pedagogical approaches that center the integration of mind, body, heart, and spirit through contemplative, creative, spiritual, and holistic means. The Journal brings together scholars, educators, and practitioners who are interested in examining diverse contemplative, spiritual, holistic education traditions and practices for cultivating holistic well-being and wisdom. It provides a creative platform to engage contemporary social-ecological concerns in educators’ scholarship and daily practices in the classrooms and beyond.

The Journal’s scope of research interests are as follows:

o philosophical, spiritual, pedagogical, and practice-oriented approaches for cultivating and studying contemplation and interiority.

o the intersections amongst contemplative inquiry, holistic education, arts education, social justice, peace, and ecological/sustainability education.

o innovative curricular approaches and pedagogies for inner growth and self-study through embodied-contemplative practices such as meditation, qigong, tai chi, yoga, movement as well as arts-based practices such as music, dance, storytelling, the visual arts, and reflective writing (e.g., diaries, journals, essays, and poetry). This focus on embodied-contemplative practices challenges the prevalence of more limitedly cognitive and computational pedagogical practices that often dominate due to the global emphasis on positivist worldviews and standardized testing within international educational contexts. Thus, contemplative and holistic approaches to assessment of learning are also considerations.

o contemplative inquiry as method, and, more importantly, a deep philosophical and educational approach to facilitating students, teachers, and researchers to arrive at greater understandings of humanity’s oneness with each other and with Nature.

o holistic education that encourages direct engagement and participation in community and society aiming to become a force for social change.

o holistic research methods/methodologies including Indigenous and Global South epistemologies, reflexive and relational ethics, autoethnographies, and contemplative methods.