By Candace Davies
Holistic learning is based on the principle of interconnectedness and wholeness. Thus the student is seen as a whole person with body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Holistic learning seeks to develop approaches to teaching and learning that foster
connections between subjects and between learners through various forms of community. It seeks a dynamic balance in the learning situation between such elements as content and process, learning and assessment, and analytic and creative thinking. It is also inclusive in terms of including a broad range of students and a variety of learning approaches to meet their diverse learning
Holistic instructional strategies include visualization,cooperative learning, creative problem solving strategies and drama. Holistic education also avoids emphasis on one particular technique, instead stressing a multi-level approach to education that acknowledges interdependence and connectedness. Holistic learning is viewed as an experiential, organic process where making connections is seen as central to the curriculum process. An aesthetic perspective and the process of building knowledge through inquiry are also seen integral to both education and life itself.