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ERIC Number: EJ1177316
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1554-5210
Hannah Arendt's "The Human Condition" in the Realm of Early Childhood Education: Perceptions and Reality
Lau, Grace; Ho, Kwok Keung
International Journal of Progressive Education, v14 n2 p13-28 2018
This article is an academic commentary on the concept of sociology of education. The authors have ventured through the lens of Hannah Arendt's "The Human Condition" and discuss its impact might have had if the corresponding mode of education and pedagogy be carried out in reality according to what Arendt had inspired her readers. A cross reference has been made on the recent 2017 early childhood reform document in Hong Kong on Play with the anticipated forms of education which the authors have perceived in Arendt's "The Human Condition," namely the 'labor,' 'work' and 'action.' Since "free play" is highly promoted in the latest early childhood reform document and is tempered by the role of the teacher. As teacher is endorsed to perform the role of "feedback-giver" in the process of play, it has matched precisely with Arendt's perception of "works of art" and eventually paving the way to "action-vita-activa" as forms of education for the promotion of democratic collaborative learning. Since "Sociology" has an intimate connection with politics, it is anticipated that following the implementation of free play for young children in the early childhood classroom and by the tactic guide of the teachers, the educational landscape of the early years education in Hong Kong will be changed significantly. The impact of this on the society at large has yet to be examined in the long run.
International Association of Educators. Egitim Fakultesi Dekanligi, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Canakkale 17100, Turkey. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong
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