Holistic approach in education

In this article, you will read the consequences of adapting holistic approach in education and the ways to overcome shortcomings of this approach. Holistic method of education evolves evaluating a student on several grounds and the teachers should handle situations diligently.

Holistic approach means adapting different styles for students for their physical, mental, intellectual, emotional and spiritual development. It is purely a non-autocratic form of teaching where a student is not forced to perform any task or behave in a particular way. The student is evaluated at different levels and in different spheres to find out his physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual progress. Instead of evaluating and allocating marks for a student, the trainer sketches strategies to improve or develop a child. They give tips upon developing a particular sphere of a child. If a student or a child is highly capable in a particular area, then he is given tips to capitalize his or her skill in that field. But this holistic approach should be adapted at a right level.

Some of the drawbacks of the education system and ways to overcome them

Should be adapted at the right level

This form of education system is not ideal for playgroup, nursery or kindergarten level. Such little students are not aware about the world and hence they demand liberty unreasonably. They do not understand boundaries and hence lose their control if they are not specified with any restrictions. Now-a-days nursery teachers are running nurseries based on holistic models and finally they cannot handle kids and they close their institution. They should be evaluated on intellectual, emotional, and spiritual level, but should not be given the liberty to behave according to their own moods in the school. Some teachers do not force them even when they are not willing to join to sing nursery rhymes and ultimately lose their control over the child. Some children scream loudly and hence reductionist view should be applied here to control them. To run a nursery school, mixed approach can be applied so that they can smoothly handle the child.

Should not lead to over valuating

If a teachers follows this method of learning, then he or she may evaluate a student on many grounds. Sometimes a teacher becomes an overly deep thinker and over analyses a student. All the analysis provided by the teacher may not be right. A student should not be overly diagnosed. When a teacher is evaluating students on emotional, intellectual, or spiritual grounds, he or she must evaluate their performance on daily basis and should access the level of improvement of students. Do not be too critical upon the student.

Do not give up the approach

If a teacher feels that he or she cannot handle a student based upon this approach, then they should not adapt reductionist method but they can handle a part of their job or more than half of their responsibility to some other teachers. The institution is known as an institution based on holistic model and suddenly adapting a new approach spoils the name of the institution. They should always have creative ideas in their minds and should adapt new methods to motivate the child. Almost everyday, they should think of new ideas and try to implement them in every best way. Do not blame the student if you are not able to handle the situation because you cannot become successful and spoil the name of institution. Remember that every human being performs well only if he is motivated.

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Author: Aditya V.19 May 2016 Member Level: Silver   Points : 3

I would totally second you on this concept, except for the practical constraints on realising this concept.

Holistic concept would require individual attention during analysis. A teacher must then be able to give personal attention to each student. Given the class of 40 students, it would be taxing for the teachers.
The situation can surely be handled if you assign a teacher for 4-5 students. In short, significantly enhancing the teacher-student ratio. But this move would be totally uneconomical from the management's view point.
Moreover, as the students are assessed over multiple spheres, the analysis cannot be done in a day, but over a large time period.

I suggest an alternative. Wouldn't it be better if we combine the benefits of both the current concept and holistic one?
Let examinations be conducted as usual. Those who frequently fail or aren't able to cope up can be separately put up for holistic examination. This not only allows to reduce load on teachers but help those students to identify what they are good at. Even students would be able to cooperate in such cases.

Author: K Mohan24 Jun 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 1

While I do agree with the author on the subject, nothing can succeed unless and until the teacher has the inclusive participation with every student and tries to identify the drawbacks in each of them. In a class it is normally seen that a teacher has a particular liking for some students and they listen to her and follow the instructions immediately. They also attend to her personal work if ordered. In that case she may not like some students who are stubborn and wont listen to her command. In that case no approach can bring any change in the student.

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