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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning

Jack Miller

phone: (416) 978-0221
email: j.miller@utoronto.ca  

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Centre for Teacher Education and Development
Secondary Education

Research Overview

Dr. John Miller is a Professor with the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at OISE. His research interests focus on holistic education, spirituality in education, contemplation in educational settings, and curriculum orientations.

John (Jack) Miller has been working in the field of holistic education for over 35 years. He is author/editor of 18 books on holistic learning and contemplative practices in education which include Whole Child Education, The Holistic Curriculum, The Contemplative Practitioner, and most recently Teaching from the Thinking Heart: The Practice of Holistic Education. His writing has been translated into nine languages. The Holistic Curriculum has provided the program framework for the Equinox Holistic Alternative School in Toronto where Jack has been involved in an advisory role.

Jack has worked extensively with holistic educators in Japan, Korea and Hong Kong for the past 20 years and has been a visiting professor at universities in Japan and Hong Kong. In 2009 Jack was one of 24 educators invited to Bhutan to help that country develop their educational system so that it supports the country’s goal of Gross National Happiness. Jack teaches courses on holistic education and contemplative education for graduate students and students in Initial Teacher Education Program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto where he is Professor.

Curriculum Vitae


Academic History

Ph.D. University of Toronto, Curriculum, 1971
M.A.T. Harvard University, Education, 1967
B.A. University of Missouri, Economics, 1965

Teaching Overview

Dr. Miller has taught the following Graduate-level courses at OISE:

• CTL 1825 The Contemplative Practitioner (1996-2016)
• CTL 1110 Holistic Curriculum (1996-2015)
• CTL 1106 Spirituality in Education (1998, 2000-2016)
• CTL 1000 Foundations of Curriculum (2000)

Representative Publications


Teaching from the Thinking Heart: The Practice of Holistic Education (co-editor).  Published by Information Age Publsihers, 2014  

The Contemplative Practitioner: Meditation in Education and the Workplace.   UTPress, 2014

Transcendental Learning: The Educational Legacy of Alcott, Emerson, Fuller, Peabody and Thoreau. Published by Information Age Publishers, 2011

Whole Child Education. Published by UT Press (August 2010)

Spirituality, Religion and Peace Education. Coeditor with Brantmeier, E. & Lin, J.
 Published by Information Age Publishers, 2010

The Holistic Curriculum. 2007, 1996, 1988. Published by U of Toronto Press Edition published in Japanese by Shunju Sha, Tokyo, 1994
Published in Korea, 2001 by Booksarang publishers
Chinese Edition 2009 by Psychology Press

Educating for Wisdom and Compassion: Creating Conditions for Timeless Learning, 2006, Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin 176pp.

Holistic Education and Spirituality in Education: Breaking New Ground. 2005 (Senior Editor) Albany,NY: SUNY Press, 250pp.




“Contemplation: The Soul’s Way of Knowing” in Contemplative Learning and Inquiry Across Disciplines. 2014 O. Gunnlaugson.. E. W. Sarath, C Scott,  and H  Bai (Editors)  SUNY Press, 69-80.

“Teaching from the Thinking Heart” Teaching from the Thinking Heart: The Practice of Holistic Education. Co editors: Michele Irwin and Kelli Nigh.   (2014)   Information Age Publishing.  pp. 1-17

“The Thinking Heart”  coauthor with Irwin and Nigh Teaching from the Thinking Heart: The Practice of Holistic Education. Co editors: Michele Irwin and Kelli Nigh.    (2014).   Information Age Publishing.   207-13.

“Introduction to the Third Edition.” 2014 Educating Psyche:  Imagination, Emotion and the Unconscious in Learning by Bernie Neville.  Melbourne: David  Lovell Publishers.  vii-viii.

“Forward” in Buddhist Voices in  School by Sue Erica Smith Boston: Sense             publishers.

“Educating for Happiness”  in Dear Nel: Opening the Circles of Care: Letters to Nel Noddings. Robert Blake (ed.) Teachers College Press, 2012.  115-7.

“Contemplative Practices in Teacher Education: What I  Have Learned”,  Spirituality in Education and Social Work: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue.  2012. Groen, J., Graham, J. & Coholic. (Eds)    Wilfred Laurier Press,  187-204.

Forward to Teaching and Learning from Within:  A Core Reflective Approach to Quality and Inspiration in Education. Fred A. J. Korthagen, Younghee  M.  Kim  and William Greene, W.  and Kim, Y (eds.)  2012 Routledge. IX-X.

Forward to Spirituality in Canadian Education: Teaching With The Wind by Michael Dallaire 2011 University Press of America. pp. vii-viii.

“ Henry David Thoreau:  Holistic Thinker, Environmental Educator.”  in Social Ecology: Learning through place, nature, story and community. (2011) D Wright, C. Camden-Pratt, & S.Hill (Eds.).  Stroud, UK:Hawthorn press. pp.141-150.

 “ Timeless Learning” in The Wheels of Soul in Education. (2010) Isabella Colallilo Kates and C. L. Harvey (Eds.) Rotterdam: Sense  Publishers.  pp. 13-22

Educating for Wisdom  in Spirituality, Religion, and Peace Education Brantmeier, E., Lin, J. & Miller, J  (eds.)  Info Age Publishers. pp. 261-275

“Eros and Education” in The International Handbook of Education for Spirituality, Care and Wellbeing. Marian de Sousa (ed.) Springer Publishers. (2009) pp. 581-592


Honours and Awards

Harvard-Missouri Fellowship in Teaching
Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Activities

Lectures and Keynotes:

“Jack’s journey,” Asia Pacific Holistic Education Network, Kyoto, Japan June 2105

“Bringing Soul into Higher Education Through Contemplative Practices”. Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education and James Madison University, March 2015.

“Being Present in an Age of Distraction” Japanese Society for Holistic Education, Kyoto, Japan. June 2015

“Educating for Wisdom.” Spiritual Intelligence World Forum, Guadalajara, Mexico via skype, July 19th, 2015

Whole Child Education. ELIC 8th World Conference, Sucre, Bolivia. October 13, 2015.

Michele Irwin presented two papers at AERA that we coauthored. –“Presence of Mind: A Qualitative Study of Meditating Teachers” and “Teaching from the Thinking Heart.”

Whole Child Education” two lectures at Kobe Shiwa University, Kobe Japan June 15 &16. 2014

“Being Present in an Age of Distraction” Canadian Perspectives Lecture Series for senior alumni at the University of Toronto October 30th 2014

“Holistic Pedagogy” for the staff at TVO Dec. 3rd. 2014

“The Gift of Presence” at Faculty Pedagogy Day at the University of Plymouth in the UK on April 1st 2014

“Holistic Pedagogy” for the Pedagogical Research Institute and Observatory annual conference at the University of Plymouth in the UK April 2nd . 222220142014

“Whole Child Education” Holistic Teaching and Learning Conference: Nourishing the Soul of Education” at Southern Oregon University Sept. 20th 2014

“Education and the Soul” Faith Day at St Jean de Brebeuf Secondary School, North York. October 27th. 2014

“Whole Child Education” 7th Teaching and Learning Conference on Holistic Education at Taylor’s University, Selangor Darul Ehsan. Malaysia November 15th 2014

“My Journey in Holistic Education” for the Asia Pacific Network in Holistic Education hosted by Mahidol University, Bangkok Thailand, May 23-24. 2013

“Education and the Soul” for Spirituality in Education Conference hosted by Palacky University, Olomouc Czech Republic, October 21-2 2013

“Whole Child Education” for the Korean Society for Holistic Education, Seoul, Nov. 8. 2013