Holistic Learning – Planning experiential, inspirational and participatory learning processes

Zimmermann, N.; Heublein, E. (2017). Holistic Learning – Planning experiential, inspirational and participatory learning processes. Competendo Handbook for Facilitators, MitOst editions, Berlin. Download

Competencies are shaped best through processes that include a broad range of learning opportunities, such as incorporating knowledge, learning by doing, reflecting on specific actions, and cooperative learning. This allows for a conversation between self-driven activities and methods of facilitation that include participants and groups and all their diverse needs, experiences, and expertise.

In order to enable individuals to gain social impact as active citiezns, it’s especially for citizenship competence crucial to combine learning opportunities in schools, social engagement, within their social environment and within their personal networks. This goes together with a strengthened attitude of self-responsibility and freedom to choose what and how one wants to learn. Furthermore, the role of the teacher or educator needs to change which supports learners in gaining ownership of their learning process.

We introduce with this book a planning approach and the building blocks for such a holistic learning experience. Furthermore, we explore how “facilitation” adopts a different attitude from a classical model of teaching.

From the Table of Content:

  • Holistic learning – a holistic definition
  • The facilitator’s attitude
  • Planning
  • The building blocks of a holistic approach
  • Outlook: Moving toward holistic learning in our practice

I edited the handbook in cooperation with Elke Heublein. The design is from Slav Georgiev. The font is Alegreya Sans.