Ripple Volume 5

Exploring Integrative Learning

Vol 5, Issue 4
There is a road, no simple highway
Between the dawn and the dark of night
And if you go, no one may follow
That path is for your steps alone

Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow
– Robert Hunter, Lyricist


Aug 25, 2022 | Ripple, Ripple Vol. 5

Written by Tammy Oesting, TIES Graduate

To fulfill a generational promise for a living earth, educators today have the opportunity to cultivate a “new human” nourished with a potential for transformation by expanding and contributing to a collective consciousness. Between 1927-1955, geochemist Vladimir Vernadsky, mathematician, Édouarde Le Roy, and paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1947), proposed the potential impact of a greater collective consciousness gained through entwining geological, biological, and technological activities into the rise of a what Chardin described in Chapter 10 of his essay collection The Future of Man, as a noosphere… “an envelope of thinking substance.”  Reminding teacher educators of the vital responsibility to promote conditions that prepare adult students with the skills to amplify potentiality, Italian scientist, educator, and revolutionary, Maria Montessori recognized, “In these times, more than ever before, our hope is that education will offer an aid to better the condition of the world.” It is through exploring the root causes of lifelong learning and uncovering the transcendent tools of awe and wonder, that I have come to understand the human potential for transformation… As a teacher-educator responsible for sparking awe and wonder in adult learners so that they too will spark awe and wonder in their students, I turned my attention to exploring the function of what I suspect is a game-changing element in adult education. What I found is that to be in a state of awe is a key to transcendence, and it is woven into the story of the universe as part of the fabric of our evolutionary spirit. I have come to the conclusion that when noted and nurtured, awe can become a change agent in a liberating educational model.


Chardin, P.T. (1947) The Future of Man

Montessori. M. (2019) The 1946 London lectures

Ripple Volume 5

Exploring Integrative Learning

Vol 5, Issue 4

Previous Ripple Volumes…

Ripple Volume 4 2020-2021

Ripple Volume 3

Ripple Volume 3 2019-2020

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share this post with your colleagues!