Decrease font size Reset font size Increase font size
Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning
Jack Miller

Jack Miller

phone: (416) 978-0221

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Centre for Teacher Education and Development

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 40 years. He is author/editor of 20 books on holistic learning and contemplative practices in education which include Whole Child Education, The Holistic Curriculum, The Contemplative Practitioner, Education and the Soul and Love and Compassion: Exploring their Role in 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 (1996-2019)
CTL 1110 Holistic Curriculum (1996-2019)
CTL 1106 Spirituality in Education (1998, 2000-2017)
CTL 1000 Foundations of Curriculum (2000)

Representative Publications


The Holistic Curriculum, 3rd edition, University of Toronto Press, 2019, 265pp.

published in Japanese by Shunju Sha, Tokyo, 1994
Published in Korea, 2001 by Booksarang publishers
Chinese Edition 2009 by Psychology Press

International Handbook of Holistic Education, co-editor, Routledge Press, 2019, 352pp

Love and Compassion:  Exploring Their Role in Education.  University of Toronto Press,  2018, 157pp

Holistic Education and Embodied Learning. Information Age Publishing. 2017, 345pp

Teaching from the Thinking Heart: The Practice of Holistic Education (co-editor).  Published by Information Age Publsihers, 2014, 227 pp 

The Contemplative Practitioner: Meditation in Education and the Workplace.   UTPress, 2014, 189, pp

Transcendental Learning: The Educational Legacy of Alcott, Emerson, Fuller, Peabody and Thoreau. Published by Information Age Publishers, 2011, 137, pp

Whole Child Education. Published by UT Press (August 2010), 146pp

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

Education and the Soul: Towards a Spiritual Curriculum. SUNY Press, 2000, 168pp


     “Holistic Education: A Brief History.” in The International Handbook of Holistic Education Routledge. pp. 5-16.


  “Introduction: Educating the Whole Person” The International Handbook of Holistic Education Routledge. pp. xxiii-xxv


           "A Holistic Vision of Teacher Education" pp. 319-330, in Holistic Education and Embodied Learning.  Information Age Publishing. 2017

              "Equinox School:   Portrait of Holistic School", pp. 125-150, in  Holistic Education and Embodied Learning   Information Age Publishing, , 2017


Honours and Awards

Harvard-Missouri Fellowship in Teaching
Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Activities

Lectures and Keynotes:
"Education and the Soul" Spirituality in Education Conference, Teachers College Columbia University, 2019

"The Tao of Teaching and Learning", Asia Pacific Holistic Education Network, Oct. 2019

"Indigenous Education and Holistic Education" California State University at San Bernadino

"Education and the Soul", Formacion Desarollo, Bogota, Columbia, Feb. 23, 2018

"Love and Compassion: Exploring Their Role in Education" paper presentation, AERA, April, 2018

"Love and Compassion: Exploring Their Role in Education" Parliament of World Religions.
Toronto, Nov. 6, 2018.

"Whole Child Education" Holistic Education Association. Oslo, Norway, October 15, 2017

"Educating for Wisdom". Asia Pacific Holistic Education Network, Bangkok, Thailand, Nov 25., 2017

"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.

"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 . 2014

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

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

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