In a period of rapid cultural shifts, changing populations and new ideologies take hold and reshape political agendas and norms in the West. It is against this backdrop that Wolfgang Brezinka presents his controversial take on the impact these changes have made on the public education landscape. Offering his views on the historical context behind these cultural shifts, Brezinka argues for the development of moral and values education in the West and discusses the conflicting roles migration, divergent ideologies, and other factors have had to play. Focusing on pedagogy and policy, Brezinka puts forth a provocative perspective on the relationship between pluralism, tradition, and the future of education.
Table of Contents
1. Education and Tradition 2. "Values Education" in a Society Uncertain of its Values 3. Force, State and Education 4. Not the "End of Education" but "Courage for Good Education"! 5. Educational Aims: Constancy, Change, Future Prospects 6. Educational Aims in a Society Uncertain of its Values 7. Moral Education in a Pluralistic Society: Cultural Conditions for Success and Limitations 8. "General Education": Meaning and Limits of an Ideal 9. Liberal Arts and Education: Clarifying their Relationships in an Individualistic Society 10. Rise and Crisis of Scientific Pedagogy 11. Expectations of Educators and the Imperfection of Pedagogy 12. Turnaround: "From Pedagogy to Educational Science" – Experiences with an Ambiguous Program 13. Crisis and Future of Pedagogy as a University Subject
Wolfgang Brezinka is Professor Emeritus of Educational Science at the University of Konstanz, Germany. He is a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and holds honorary doctorates from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, and the Catholic University of Milano, Italy.