Here are a few of my writings, that some have found helpful...
Peace and Happiness Made Simple
I wrote this article in February 2018. It includes a description of some simple and very effective practices recommended by either or both Eckhart Tolle and Noah Elkrief. I wrote this article, and make it available on my website, in the interests of accessibility, simplicity and coherence. Find it here.
A Truly Nurturing Education
This is a 4-part article from Nurture: Australia's Natural Parenting Magazine, 2012-2013. This article might be of interest to parents or mentors of young people who are sensing the inadequacies of schooling and the deeper possibilities of human functioning. It outlines the kinds of activities, experiences and relationships needed to awaken and nurture a child's talents and inner resources. Find it here.
Reforming the Hidden Curriculum
Developing Key Abilities Through Four Curricular Forms
This is a very slightly revised version of a peer-reviewed article published in the education journal, Curriculum Perspectives, in 2002. This article might be of interest to teachers, schools and school systems looking to awaken more of the talents and inner resources of young people. Find it here.
The Beautiful Essence of You
How to Stop Feeling Bad and Be Who You Really Are
I wrote this little 38-page book under the pen name, Ray Field.
Most people find that peace and contentment remain elusive all their lives. This is because most of our thoughts, beliefs, desires and behaviours are programmed into us. They are learned. They don't arise from who we really are inside. Who we really are gets covered over by conditioning like a blanket.
And yet, all things that truly matter to us arise from our depths and the depths of life: things like inner peace, beauty, joy, connectedness, flow, playfulness, spontaneity and intuition. It is so satisfying to break out of conditioning and find our true self. But most of the books I have read about how we lose ourselves in conditioning are very difficult reading, and short on advice on what we can do about it.
So early in 2015, I decided to write a book about shedding our conditioning that is short, easy to read, inspiring and practical. With activities included, The Beautiful Essence of You offers a clear and practical guide to shedding personal and cultural conditioning and living your life as your true self.
You can purchase The Beautiful Essence of You as a paperback or ebook online from several sources, such as Amazon or Balboa Press.
Some Reader Comments About the Book...
"Wow!! Beautiful, beautiful, to the point, punchy, powerful treasure of a book. Loved it. So many deep treasures in it. I'm a big reader, and this one's right up there in the top five. I've never posted a comment to anybody before. Powerful stuff :-) Bless your heart for writing it." C.H.
"Wow, dear Andrew. Your little book is deep! Well done, mate." K.L.
"Thank you so much for the most valuable gift of yours to me through the book. What a great treat!!! Small is beautiful. Brevity is the soul of wit. To describe is to destroy, whereas to suggest is to create. You really make ripples in all those who go through this work of art. A note of beauty on a thing of beauty. God bless you." I.S.
Giving our Young the Education they Really Need
This 248 page paperback was published in 2010 (ISBN: 978-0-98066-200-9).
Billions of dollars are spent every year around the world on school reform. Despite this, there is a mountain of evidence that nothing much changes, that schooling still fails to awaken very significant faculties and inner resources in young people, and that it has significant negative impacts on them. The reason is that reform efforts do not question the mistaken assumptions underlying school education. This book identifies and explains those mistaken assumptions.
In the limited, mental view of intelligence, we may 'know' about the world, in an abstract, interpretive way, but we fail to experience a real connection with it. With what I call 'Deep Intelligence', we can prosper by living intimately connected with the world. I feel that, in time, we will move towards a fundamentally different way of being in the world, and of educating people, through the awakening of Deep Intelligence.
Many parents, teachers and education academics are strongly sensing the inadequacies of schooling and the deeper possibilities of human functioning, but are frustrated by the lack of a coherent and comprehensive rationale or framework to rally around. Deep Intelligence provides one. It presents strong and coherent evidence concerning the ways in which human beings can function more fully than they typically do, and it outlines the kinds of activities, experiences and relationships needed to awaken and nurture them. This book will stir and delight, challenge and inspire.
**Note: The first chapter, titled 'Introduction: Education Out of Control', outlines some of the negative impacts on children of our current approach to education. You can read it on this website here.
To purchase Deep Intelligence direct from the author for AU$28.00 (30% off the RRP), including postage within Australia, send payment to [paypal.me/SeatonEducation/28]. Add a note with your name and address.
Some Comments About the Book...
"Just excellent! I read it twice."
PROFESSOR B.K. PASSI
International Educationist & Consultant
"Institutional structures, especially as they prevail today, refract any attempts to penetrate into the deeper levels of being and transform them. Dr Seaton has rediscovered this great truth about education. However, the greater value of this book lies in its outlining of ways and means of imparting education for deep intelligence, which have not previously been adequately or appropriately articulated."
PROFESSOR D. RAJA GANESAN
Dean (Retired), Department of Education, University of Madras
Past Member of the Executive Board of the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Alienation
Editor, Experiments in Education, official organ of SITU Council of Educational Research
A More Complete List of Writings and Conference Keynote Addresses
Doctor of Philosophy Thesis
University Courses and Study Guides
Journal Articles (Refereed)
Journal Articles (Non-Refereed)
Keynote/Plenary Conference Addresses
Field, Ray [pen name] 2015, The Beautiful Essence of You: How to Stop Feeling Bad and Be Who You Really Are, Balboa Press, Bloomington, IN.
Seaton, Andrew 2010, Deep Intelligence: Giving our Young the Education they Really Need, Inspiring Stuff, Stanthorpe, QLD. (The first chapter, titled, 'Introduction: Education Out of Control', outlines some of the negative impacts on children of our current approach to education. It is reproduced on this website here.]
Seaton, Andrew 2011, 'A new paradigm for management: Managing with deep intelligence', in A. Iqbal (ed.), Paradigm Shift for Sustainable Global Business, Excel Books, New Delhi.
Seaton, Andrew 2010, 'Awakening a sustainable state of being: Education for deep intelligence', in B. Dey & S. Gihar (eds.), Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Wisdom Publications, Delhi, pp. 82-97.
Seaton, Andrew 2002, 'Four curricular forms: Supporting literacy in middle-school programming', in B. Gordon (ed.), Practical Literacy Programming, Primary English Teaching Association, Newtown, pp. 93-107.
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY THESIS
Seaton, Andrew 2005, Investing in intelligence: An inquiry into educational paradigm change, Unpublished doctoral thesis, Deakin University, Melbourne. (Passed without alteration, and winner of a 'Highly Commended' award in the Deakin University 2005 Doctoral Thesis Awards.)
Seaton, Andrew 2013, 'A truly nurturing education: Part 4', Nurture: Australia's Natural Parenting Magazine, issue 4, Autumn, pp. 72-73.
Seaton, Andrew 2012, 'A truly nurturing education: Part 3', Nurture: Australia's Natural Parenting Magazine, issue 3, Summer, pp. 66-68.
Seaton, Andrew 2012, 'A truly nurturing education: Part 2', Nurture: Australia's Natural Parenting Magazine, issue 2, Spring, pp. 66-68.
Seaton, Andrew 2012, 'A truly nurturing education: Part 1', Nurture: Australia's Natural Parenting Magazine, issue 1, Winter, pp. 46-48.
UNIVERSITY COURSES AND STUDY GUIDES
Seaton, Andrew 2006, TCHE 2225 New Learning and New Teaching, School of Education, RMIT University, Melbourne.
Seaton, Andrew 2005, TCHE 2112/2210 Introduction to New Learning (Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Secondary versions), School of Education, RMIT University, Melbourne.
Seaton, Andrew 2004, TCHE 2116 New Ways with Information & Communication Technologies, School of Education, RMIT University, Melbourne.
Seaton, Andrew 2001, PRB 416 Classroom Assessment Practices, Department of Teaching and Learning Support Services, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. Commissioned work.
JOURNAL ARTICLES (REFEREED)
Seaton, Andrew 2007, 'Human knowledge and deep intelligence: Transition to connectedness', Journal of All India Association for Educational Research, vol. 19, nos. 1 & 2, March & June, pp. 1-7. Invited work.
Seaton, Andrew 2005, 'A dynamic view of knowledge: Constructing a more intelligent humanity', Gyan [Knowledge]: The Journal of Education, vol. 1, no. 2, Jan-Jun, pp. 64-70. Invited work.
Seaton, Andrew 2003, 'Literacy, learning and pedagogy', Australian Journal of Middle Schooling, vol. 3, no. 1, May, pp. 24-28. Invited work.
Seaton, Andrew 2002, 'Reforming the hidden curriculum: The Key Abilities Model and four curricular forms', Curriculum Perspectives, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 9-15, April.
Seaton, Andrew 1998, 'Opening school doors to the real world: A review of literature on computer mediated communication and its role in the creation of constructivist learning environments', Australian Educational Computing, vol.13, no.1, pp. 18-21.
JOURNAL ARTICLES (NON-REFEREED)
Seaton, Andrew 2009, 'Leading with Deep Intelligence: Managing Self for Deep Leadership', Indore Manager. Invited work.
Seaton, Andrew 2008, 'Human knowledge and deep intelligence: Transition to connectedness', University News, vol. 46, no. 21, May 26 - June 1, pp. 15-19.
Seaton, Andrew 2002, 'The power of reform, or the reform of power? Issues at the learning edge', in Leading the Learning Edge, Joint International Conference (2002) Website of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders / Learning Environment Technology Australia, [http://www.acea.edu.au/conference2002/part_3.html], no longer available.
Seaton, Andrew 2001, 'New wine demands new bottles', EQ Australia, (magazine of the Curriculum Corporation), Spring, September, Issue 3.
Seaton, Andrew 2001, 'Getting off the stage', Professional Exchange, Issue 5, August.
Seaton, Andrew 2000, 'Getting on with IT: Recent developments in the paradigm shift', INSITE, (newsletter of the Queensland Society for Information Technology in Education), pp. 5-7, April/May. Invited work.
Seaton, Andrew 1999, 'Taking the kids to the CyberFair', INSITE, (newsletter of the Queensland Society for Information Technology in Education), May.
Seaton, Andrew 1998, 'Implementing GLOBE: A case study in planning technologically supported authentic pedagogy', QUICK, (journal of the Queensland Society for Information Technology in Education), no. 70, December.
Seaton, Andrew 1997, 'What makes a good place to live? A database problem for Year 3', QUICK, (journal of the Queensland Society for Information Technology in Education), no.65, September, pp. 19-21.
Seaton, Andrew 1997, 'Teacher on the Internet: Weighing it all up', The Practising Administrator, vol. 19, no. 4.
Seaton, Andrew 1994, 'Creating a literate culture: A role for school administrators', The Practising Administrator, vol. 16, no. 2.
Seaton, Andrew 1979, 'Transcendental Meditation: Integrated development of cognitive, affective and psycho-motor resources, Forum of Education, vol. xxxviii, no. 3, September, pp. 45-56.
Seaton, Andrew 1978, 'Experiencing history: Model making in the classroom', CHATTA, (journal of the ACT History Teachers' Association).
KEYNOTE/PLENARY CONFERENCE ADDRESSES
Seaton, Andrew 2011, 'Deep intelligence: Giving our young the education they really need', Plenary address delivered at the Australian Unschooling Conference 2011, Airlie Beach, Queensland, 28 October to 1 November.
Seaton, Andrew 2009, 'Going to the heart of the "quality" question: How adequate is our educational theory?', Keynote address delivered in print for the All India Association for Educational Research (AIAER) International Seminar Cum Annual Conference on Quality Concerns in Education, University of Lucknow, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, 22-24 December.
Seaton, Andrew 2007, 'Human knowledge and deep intelligence: Transition to connectedness', Keynote address delivered at the All India Association for Educational Research (AIAER) International Conference on Learner Centred Education for Sustainable Development, Una, Himachal Pradesh, India, 28-30 October.
Seaton, Andrew 2007, 'Transformative education: An evolutionary direction for human civilisation', Keynote address delivered at the All India Association for Educational Research (AIAER) International Conference on Educational Research & Learning Beyond Cognition, St Thomas College of Teacher Education, Pala, India, 1 June.
Seaton, Andrew 2004, 'Language: tool or tyrant?', Keynote address delivered at the Australian Literacy Educators' Association and Tasmanian Association for the Teaching of English combined state conference, Change... Continuity... Connections: What's Essential in English and Literacy?, Hobart, 26 June.
Seaton, Andrew 2004, 'Change: Learning and Pedagogy', Keynote address delivered at the Northern Territory AGQTP Teachers' Conference, Pedagogy in Practice - Creating Powerful Learning Environments, Darwin, 5 April.