1st Edition

K�12 Education as a Hermeneutic Adventurous Endeavor Toward an Educational Way of Thinking

By Doron Yosef-Hassidim Copyright 2018
    250 Pages
    by Routledge

    250 Pages
    by Routledge

    Considering the role of compulsory mass education and schooling in a democratic society, this book introduces an alternative vision for K-12 education as an "adventurous endeavour." Grounded in a strong theoretical framework, Yosef-Hassidim reveals the negative impact of instrumentalization of schools: when education is considered a social and political instrument, it serves dominant social forces’ interests rather than students’ or humanity as a whole. Offering conceptual and pragmatic frameworks to limit political influence on schooling, the author proposes a new hermeneutical structure that restores education’s agency and separates it from external social forces, and provides the foundation for regarding K-12 education as a sovereign social sphere in its own right.

    1. An Educational Way of Thinking?

    2. Late-Modern Instrumental Approach to Education

    3. Analysis of Instrumentalism 4. From Social Servant to Agent for Humanity: An Adventurous Education

    5. Basic Human Features: Towards Meaning Making as Educational Goal

    6. An Educational Goal of Examining the Meaning of Being Human

    7. Towards a Sovereign Education

    8. Implications for Selected Areas

    9. Conclusion: From Vision to Reality


    Doron Yosef-Hassidim is a visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.