Alternative Education for the 21st Century: Philosophies, Approaches, Visions

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Philip A. Woods, Glenys J. Woods
Palgrave Macmillan, 2009 - Education - 283 pages
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This is a unique collection of leading examples of education grounded in alternative philosophies and cultures from initiatives to create more democratic schools, through Quaker, Buddhist, Islamic, Montessori and Steiner/Waldorf schools, to Maori and First Nations education in Canada and Palestinian Jewish schools in Israel. Aimed at educational practitioners, leaders, and policy-makers in all types of educational settings, as well as academics and researchers, the book is a resource to help educators think creatively about education at a time when the need to find new ways to nurture spiritual and holistic growth and democratic citizenship has never been greater.

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Philip A. Woods holds a Chair in Educational Leadership and Policy in the Department of Education, University of Gloucestershire, UK. He is author of Democratic Leadership in Education (2005), and has written and researched extensively on educational policy, leadership and governance, as well as exploring issues to do with creativity and values-intuitive social action in sociological theory. Glenys J. Woods is Research Fellow in the Department of Education, University of Gloucestershire, UK. Her foundational interest is in spiritual awareness. She is an Angelic Reiki healer. She has undertaken research into spirituality, educational policy and leadership and is co-author of the first comprehensive review of Steiner schools in England.

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