Research

Between December 2021 and May 2022, Holistic Think Tank conducted field research in 19 selected schools in 11 countries all over the world. We gave voice to children, searching for an answer to the question: "What Ought Schools to Teach?". The results provided us with great insight into and allowed us to explore the universal humanistic foundations of education. What we saw strengthened our belief in the absolute necessity of a substantial change in education. A paradigm shift towards holistic, interdisciplinary teaching is a must.


Deusa Maria Santana

  • Brazil

Maryanne Hasea

  • Kenia

Paweł Rogaliński

  • United Arab Emirates
  • Philippines

Yeonhee Gwak

  • South Korea

Richard Cilliers

  • RPA

Mercy Mhlaba

  • Zimbabwe

Reflections from the research

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Different countries share the same dream of a better school. Holistic Think Tank research summary

1. What did we want to find out? Changing the world begins with changing schools – as the Holistic Think Tank, we are confident of this. To change schools, however,…

18 November 2022

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How to make schools catch up with the 21st century?

Today’s students need a multi-dimensional set of skills: the ones for both their present and future lives, abilities they can use at home and work, traditional skills as well as…

07 November 2022

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When more is less

The dominance of private education, overprotective parents helping children with their homework, and numerous tutors – this approach to education does not always work out well for the new generation,…

07 November 2022

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Kids always want to know more, but teachers hit systemic obstacles

Most teachers dream of education that will develop students’ talents, show them how to resolve problems, communicate efficiently, analyze sources and cooperate. However, through system requirements and outdated curriculum, they…

07 November 2022

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School is a miniature society

South Korean participants in the HTT research project see school as a community that reflects the society in general. By functioning in it, students develop the same skills they will…

17 October 2022

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“Emotional touch with creative design” – Inspiration from Korean interdisciplinary approach to education

STEAM education tries to integrate the learning experience, with a focus on connecting the subjects of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the arts, with a special emphasis on specific themes.…

17 October 2022

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Brazilian vision of education – socioemotional skills in the forefront

The core of the Brazilian curriculum fosters ten general competences that contribute to the holistic formation and education of children. Not only does the new approach to education aim to…

17 October 2022

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“School should not just be a four-walled classroom”

Teachers who took part in the HTT research project in Brazil dream of a student-centered and  reality-based education that inspires students to aim higher. Opening doors to the future School…

29 September 2022

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What Should Schools Teach? A Phenomenography of School Environments

What kind of skills and knowledge should be taught in schools for the world’s better future – this was the question we asked 19 schools in 10 different countries all…

27 September 2022

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South African schools on the path to interdisciplinary education

South African participants in the HTT research project stressed the importance of holistic development of students which is most successfully implemented in their schools through the Life Skills subject.  Learning…

27 September 2022

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South Africa: Schools are not isolated entities

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom Schools do not exist in a vacuum. Each is a…

27 September 2022