Integral: to integrate, to bring together, to join, to link, to embrace. Not in the sense of uniformity, but in the sense of unity-in-diversity.
Informed by the work of Ken Wilber, academic writer and originator of Integral Theory of Consciousness, an Integral Approach to Education acknowledges and addresses mind, body, soul and spirit; the individual and the collective; as well as the interior and exterior aspects of Life. It includes approaching any subject matter from biological, neurological, societal, cultural, psychological, and spiritual fields of study, research, and wisdom.
An Integral Approach to Education incorporates the Good, the Beautiful and the Truth. From a Montessori perspective it examines the Adult, the Child and the interior and exterior Environments. We see each method of understanding, learning, and teaching as holding some part of truth, while acknowledging that the whole truth is still evolving and can never be completely captured.
We honour Life to its fullest, realizing that it is we who limit what this existence is all about, but that it is also our privilege and responsibility to recognize and appreciate ever greater degrees of fullness, depth, breadth, and mystery.
An Integral Approach to Education is one that works to include all of the different elements involved as fully and as intentionally as possible in the learning and teaching experience.