K–12 Education as a Hermeneutic Adventurous Endeavor: Toward an Educational Way of Thinking, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

K–12 Education as a Hermeneutic Adventurous Endeavor

Toward an Educational Way of Thinking, 1st Edition

By Doron Yosef-Hassidim


236 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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

About the Series

Routledge International Studies in the Philosophy of Education

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects