Love, Life, Wisdom and Voice resources

Background information on the core pedagogical values which underpin the Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework

The four Core Pedagogical Values of Love, Life, Wisdom and Voice, were conceived by Dr Jennifer Gidley as part of her Doctoral research on “Evolving Education. 

Main Source:

Gidley, J. M. (2008). Thesis: “Evolving Education: A Postformal-integral-planetary Gaze at the Evolution of Consciousness and the Educational Imperatives”, PHD 2008 Doctor of Philosophy, School of Education, Southern Cross University Lismore, NSW, Australia.

Awarded Chancellor’s Gold Medal for Academic Excellence


Gidley, J. M. (2007) Educational Imperatives of the Evolution of Consciousness: The Integral Visions of Rudolf Steiner and Ken Wilber, The International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 12(2), pp. 117-135.

Gidley, J. M. (2009) “Educating for Evolving Consciousness: Voicing the Emergenc-y for Love, Life and Wisdom, ” in Souza, M., de, Francis, L.J., O’Higgins-Norman, J., Scott, D. (Eds.) The International Handbook of Education for Spirituality, Care and Wellbeing, Springer: New York, pp. 533-561.

Four Core Pedagogical Values fully developed as core of Postformal Education:

Gidley, J. M. (2016). Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures. (Springer: Dordrecht, The Netherlands). Chapters 8, 9, 10 and 11.