ERIC Number: ED334480
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Personality as an Educational Phenomenon. Research Bulletin 75.
Niskanen, Erkki A.
The aim of this paper is to not only outline certain problem areas but to also clarify the concept of personality as an educational phenomenon in order to serve the science of education, its teaching and its applications. For this purpose the article introduces certain formal considerations serving as a background for such a research project. Attention is directed to the problematic nature of the knowledge on which the conception of personality is based in ordinary experience. Unless scientific knowledge succeeds in extending to these crucial areas of personality, educational practice will be largely uninformed in these respects. Further, various methods to be used in the scientific description of personality are presented. And finally, certain paradigmatic foundations for the study of personality in the educational sciences are provisionally analyzed. The purpose of this article is to systematize central problems in the study of personality from the formal point of view. The special need of educational sciences is to develop its theoretical basis, its metascientific foundations. This form should then be filled with the content provided by further research. The paper concludes that the history of science proves it is possible to obtain valuable innovative hints from outside of science. (Author/LLL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Helsinki Univ. (Finland). Dept. of Education.