Towards a Holistic and Transformative Approach to Education: The Emergence of a New Paradigm in Education

By Viraiyan Teeroovengadum, T. J. Kamalanabhan and Ashley Keshwar Seebaluck.

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Miraculous material progress has been made during the last century, which also saw a quantum leap as far as advancement in knowledge in various fields is concerned. Consequently, education has been gradually reshaped to meet the need of an increasingly materialistic society. However, today faced with the harsh reality of the utter failure to cater for the flourishing of a peaceful and harmonious society, we are in dire need of a major transformation in the education sector. Providing the right education will certainly be the key for ensuring sustainable development. This study analyses the current trends in the education sector and through a synthesis of the literature on the present trends in education and related fields, it argues that there is currently a paradigm shift taking place.

Keywords: Transformation, Holistic, Learning, Education, Paradigm

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 9, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 789.449KB).

Viraiyan Teeroovengadum

PhD Student, Department of Management, University of Mauritius, Reduit, Mauritius

I am a full time student at the University of Mauritius, currently conducting my Mphil/PhD study. The title of my research is “Towards a Holistic and Transformative Approach to Quality in Education. Developing a Holistic Quality Model.” I have a first degree in Law and Management and have nearly completed my masters degree in Educational Leadership and Management. My main research interest are in the fields of Quality Management, Educational Leadership and Management, Education and Organisational Change. My first experience as a presenter in a conference has been at the “International Research Symposium in Service Management” in 2010, where a research paper entitled “Service Quality in the Education Sector Moving towards a Holistic and Transformative Approach” was presented. My non academic interests lie mainly in Spirituality, Self Development and Sports.

Prof. T. J. Kamalanabhan

Professor, Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

T.J. Kamalanabhan is a Ph.D in Organizational Psychology, he has done his M.Phil in Organizational Psychology and P.G.D.M Post graduate Diploma in Business Management. He has around 20 years of experience in academics and consultancy projects. He has obtained a Fulbright fellowship for research and teaching at the Department of International Business, Washington State University, Pullman, USA in 2002, he has been awarded DAAD Fellowship to visit Germany under (German Academic Exchange Programme) to do research in Entrepreneurship at the Department of Management, University of West Saxony, Zwickau, Germany in 1998. He is a regular visiting faculty at the department of Management and Law, Multimedia University, Melaka, Malaysia, University College of Technology and Management Malaysia, (KUTPM) Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia Faculty of Management, Multimedia University, Cyberjaya, Malaysia, University College of Technology and Management Malaysia, (KUTPM) Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia and a visiting Research fellow at KNU University, Daegu, South Korea.

Ashley Keshwar Seebaluck

Senior Lecturer, University of Mauritius, Mauritius

Dr. Ashley Seebaluck is a Senior lecturer for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses on Quality Management, Organization and Management and Human resource Management at the University of Mauritius, (UOM). He completed his first degree in BA (Hons) Management Science and Industrial Systems Studies at the University of Dublin followed by a MBA at UOM. In 2007, he became Doctor of Philosophy at UOM , his thesis was on “Developing Total Quality Leadership model for post-secondary education institutions in Mauritius.” His research interests are in Business Excellence and Quality Management. Furthermore, he has participated in various conferences and co-authored a number of research papers. He has industrial experience as engineer in the textile industry.


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