Education as a way of life

Karl-Martin Dietz


Abstract. This paper describes new social challenges resulting from an increased orientation toward an individualising and autonomous way of life.  Initially, it outlines the traditional decision and action models governing schooling, career and private life.  The second step formulates the criterion of a radical individualisation and applies it to the concept of education.  Next, the profile of an understanding of education appropriate for our time is presented as the triad of interest, individuality and development.  Finally, the practical relevance of this concept is demonstrated by examples.

Key words: - Autonomy, education, individualisation, risk society, society of knowledge, life-long learning

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