Ken Wilber's integral philosophy and educational research: Fleshing out the 'seventh moment' (and beyond?)

Year: 2001

Author: Settelmaier, Lily, Taylor, Peter

Type of paper: Refereed paper

Ken Wilber’s ‘integral philosophy’ is described as a spiritual, humanist orientation which provides an excellent theory for conceptualising the connections between science, arts, and religion. In this paper, we argue that Wilber’s framework in connection with seventh moment of qualitative research offers "space" to science education research to position itself more comfortably between the so-called "objective" sciences, including the natural sciences and some schools within the human sciences, and the "subjective" human sciences, without the need to privilege or reject either of them. We refer to a current doctoral study into the teaching of ethical issues in school science to illustrate the potential of an integral perspective on research in science education.