This paper was presented at
Psychology: The Indian Contribution
National Conference on
Indian Psychology, Yoga and Consciousness
organised by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research
at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education
Pondicherry, India, 10-13 December 2004

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Individualized and collaborative learning: Towards integral studies curriculum at AUM


Beloo Mehra — Antioch McGregor University.

At Antioch University, we are engaged in finding ways and approaches to bring Indian contributions to inner sciences into the learning experiences of our students. Central to our effort is the concept of self-directed learning, an approach which puts the locus of control on the learner for decision making about the objectives and means of learning. Many students who choose this approach are adult, non-traditional students with a keen interest in their chosen field. Many already are practitioners in their fields who are using self-directed learning to gain appropriate credentials for professional reasons, for others the primary interest is a quest for learning, self-development and self-understanding. We see our primary role as guiding students along this journey by helping them design a unique and individualized learning program and process. Many of our students are interested in inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary topics in the areas of psychology, spirituality, transformative/holistic learning, philosophy, holistic healing, health and wellness education, adult learning, and human and organizational development. Some of the recent discourse in these fields draws upon Eastern and particularly Indian knowledge systems. This brings up important issues of how these knowledge systems, philosophies, and practices are studied and taught both in and outside India. By integrating Eastern and Western ideas on consciousness and human development, theory and practice, inner and outer aspects of life, and individual and social life, we open up possibilities for developing meaningful applications to address our problems of the day.


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Email the author: "Prof. Beloo Mehra" <bmehra@mcgregor.edu>