Laurel Waterman

Laurel Waterman




Laurel Waterman is a Ph.D. Candidate in Curriculum and Pedagogy, Wellbeing Emphasis, at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. She holds an MA in Adult Education and Community Development from OISE and has been teaching narrative non-fiction writing in the Professional Writing and Communication program in the Department of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (CCIT) at the University of Toronto, Mississauga since 2009. She is a board member of The Scientific and Medical Network (SMN), a UK-based educational organization focused on the intersection of science and spirituality, and belongs to the Academy for the Advancement of Postmaterialist Sciences (AAPS Global). Laurel teaches in the Approaches to Consciousness and Learning through Integrative Practice modules in the Alef Trust’s MSc in Consciousness, Spirituality, and Transpersonal Psychology.

Research interests

Laurel’s research focuses on consciousness education, a term she proposes and defines as ‘education about perspectives on the source and nature of consciousness and their implications for ways of being, knowing, teaching, and learning.’ She specializes in narrative inquiry research methodology and holistic education research and practice. She is working to popularize participatory and postmaterialist paradigms of consciousness in the field of education and educational research. Questions guiding her research include: How might educators challenge the context of present-day mainstream science and philosophy in ways that help open people’s minds to the possibility that consciousness may exist beyond the brain? What are the implications of perspectives on consciousness beyond the brain for how (and what) we teach and learn? And what may these perspectives offer to understandings of what it means to be human and the ways that we relate to each other and our world?

Key publications

Waterman, L. (2023). A dream-song for a New Paradigm: Impressions of the Students of Spiritual Science Symposium from a core member of the New Paradigm Navigators. Paradigm Explorer, 142 (2023/2), 28-29. 

Waterman, L. (2022). Stories of a transformation in consciousness: A self-study to ground narrative inquiry research in consciousness education. International Journal of Transformative Research, 9(1), 27-39.

Waterman, L. (2022). An experience in psychometry. In M. Woollacott and D. Lorimer (Eds), Spiritual Awakenings: Scientists and academics describe their experiences (pp. 213-216). A
cademy for the Advancement of Postmaterialist Sciences.

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