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Changing pre-service teachers' purposes of education through existential crises

Webster, R. Scott 2004, Changing pre-service teachers' purposes of education through existential crises, Australian journal of education, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 82-94.

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Title Changing pre-service teachers' purposes of education through existential crises
Author(s) Webster, R. ScottORCID iD for Webster, R. Scott orcid.org/0000-0002-5253-4894
Journal name Australian journal of education
Volume number 48
Issue number 1
Start page 82
End page 94
Publisher Australian Council for Educational Research
Place of publication Hawthorn, Vic.
Publication date 2004-04
ISSN 0004-9441
2050-5884
Keyword(s) beliefs
educational objectives
educational philosophy
existentialism
preservice teacher
education
teacher beliefs
Summary This article considers changing the purposes of education held by pre-service teachers. It argues that purposes of education are inextricably linked to life meanings and purposes. Employing an existential perspective, mainly through Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre and Morris, the fundamental beliefs that one has regarding the meaning and purpose of life are understood to serve as the basis for formulating purposes of education. An attempt to change these purposes is recommended by drawing upon the existential crisis and Kierkegaard's doctrine of 'how'. Importance is placed not so much on the object or what of purposes and understandings, but on how the individual relates to them.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Australian Council for Educational Research
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033918

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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