Welcome to the International Journal of Whole Schooling!

The Journal is an international, refereed publication dedicated to exploring ways to improve learning and schooling for all children. Articles in the Journal will focus on analysis, use, research and practice related to the Eight Principles of Whole Schooling listed in the graphic on the right. See the website of the Whole Schooling Consortium for information.

The Journal aims to provide a place for many voices concerned with education and learning -- researchers, parents, teachers, students, community members, policy makers. The Journal will include a range of types of articles -- scholarly research, experiences of teachers, parents, and students, commentary, policy analysis and more. We have made a commitment for a Journal based on both rigorous standards of quality and providing editorial support to people with important messages but limited experience in writing. Click HERE to see the response of one author to the support provided by editors.

The International Journal of Whole Schooling has entered into an electronic licensing relationship with EBSCO Publishing, the world's most prolific aggregator of full text journals, magazines and other sources. The full text of the Journal can be found on EBSCO Publishing's databases. We also have similar publishing relationships with Gale, Cabell Publishing, and Educational Research Abstracts Online. The International Journal of Whole Schooling (IJWS) is indexed in ERIC, the Education Resources Information Center. ERIC is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and is the largest database of education research.

The Journal is an Open Access journal. We are classed as a ‘Gold Journal’ in the Open Access classification system (Hubbard, 2007). As a Gold standard open access journal we strive to publish rigorous peer reviewed articles that contribute to the discourse of Whole Schooling at no cost to the author(s). To this end, all editors and staff at the journal give their time on a voluntary basis. As this is an open access journal, all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access. All articles are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivatives 4.0 International License.

Please contact us if you have feedback or questions about submissions. We are also interested in hearing from individuals who may wish to serve on the Editorial Review Board to review articles for publication.

Journal staff: Drs. Dianne Chambers and Phyllis Jones, Editors; Jonathan Chitiyo, Submissions Manager; Danielle Nowosiadlo, Editorial Assistant; Gretchen Stewart, Editorial Assistant; and Michael Peterson, Managing Editor, Whole Schooling Press (of which the Journal is a part).


WHOLE SCHOOLING is an approach to creating schools that combine equity and excellence, creating good schooling for all children. This approach based on 8 Principles. Links to an overview of these principles and practices for good schooling for all are provided below.

Create better schools!

Why have school?

Create a culture for high learning and achievement.

1. Create learning spaces for all.

2. Empower citizens for democracy.

3. Include all in learning together.

4. Build a caring community.

5. Support learning.

6. Partner with families and the community.

7. Teach all using authentic, multi-level instruction.

8. Assess students to promote learning.


The International Journal of Whole Schooling is a collaborative venture of the Whole Schooling Consortium and the following universities: