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ERIC Number: EJ1151366
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1945-0222
Lost in Translation? "Bildung" between Ideological Debate and Pragmatism: A Response to Julia Campos
Roche, Jorg
L2 Journal, v7 n4 p38-41 2015
The term "Bildung" is notoriously difficult to translate. Though it is often translated as "education," this does not entirely convey its meaning nor entirely explain its use in a myriad compounds such as "Bildungssprache" (language of/for education), "Bildungsweg" (path to education), "Allgemeinbildung" (general education/knowledge expectations), Ausbildung (education for professional purposes), "Halbbildung" (semi education). Richard Rorty (2009) attempted to transfer this term into English more fittingly by coining the term "edification" as a portmanteau of education and qualification; other translators have focused on its meaning as a formative process (for an individual's personality).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany
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