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ERIC Number: EJ1060110
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0141-8211
From Alternative Education to the Mainstream: Approaches in Canada and Germany to Preparing Learners to Live in a Changing World
Sliwka, Anne; Yee, Brandy
European Journal of Education, v50 n2 p175-183 Jun 2015
There has been a shift in the core idea of schooling in both Germany and Canada: While schools have traditionally focused on cognitive development, they now increasingly focus on "engaged learners" and use integrated settings to support their cognitive, metacognitive and social-emotional development. In line with the theme "Learning to Be", we argue that beliefs about the purpose of schooling are shifting from a narrow, knowledge-based approach to understanding that students need knowledge, skills and attitudes to succeed in their private, public and professional lives as adults. To this end, pedagogical concepts developed in alternative education are increasingly being implemented by mainstream schools. This article examines this significant development in Germany and Canada. We analyse current examples from mainstream schools, highlighting how they use alternative pedagogical concepts to transform the ways in which students come to know themselves as learners. In both countries, this process has been simultaneously bottom-up, driven by early-adopter schools, and top-down, driven by public awards or broad public initiatives.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; Germany