ERIC Number: EJ795009
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 0
"Bildung": A Paradigm Regained?
European Educational Research Journal, v3 n2 p501-509 2004
"Bildung" is a key concept in the German tradition of educational theory. Originally meant to indicate a specific state of mind and ideal of perfection, it now serves as a symbol of the unity of whatever refers to the field of education, particularly to its organisational and functional aspects. The aura of "Bildung" is bestowed on its counterpart in the form of preparation for the needs of the day. However wrongheaded or deplorable that may appear in the light of traditional values and ideas, this alienated use of the concept of "Bildung" may be a blessing in disguise: it keeps alive the memory of autonomous learning as opposed to regular training under the imperatives of the day. The paradigm of "Bildung" survives in title if not in substance as a paradigm to regain.
Descriptors: Semantics, Concept Formation, Intellectual History, Educational Philosophy, Educational Theories, Learning Processes, Learning Experience, Educational Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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