Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Mind-body Holism, Paradigm Shifts, and Education

Scott Kretchmar


In this essay, I examine claims made for the significance of mind-body holism. I look for the
promised earthquake-like impact of holism on sport pedagogy by reviewing concepts of special education,
curriculum development, and assessment. By relying on holistic insights generated by Husserl, Merleau-
Ponty, Polanyi, Sheets-Johnstone and others, I attempt to show how traditional pedagogies are turned, as it
were, upside down by holism. I discuss play handicaps, the reciprocal process of growing players and
playgrounds, and the need for ambiguous, meaning-inclusive play assessments. I conclude by underlining
pedagogical ironies generated by an earthquake of holism that many have never experienced.

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