Existential Questions in Research and Education in the Shape of a Response to Sven Hartman

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Over the past 50 years, the concept existential question has played a less prominent role in upper secondary school curricula. The interpretation of the world view perspective has been retained until the curriculum 2000. Perspectives of personal development and interpretation of life in upper secondary school have almost disappeared. The syllabus has been content centred, reflective and analytical in priciple. Hartman says that this is a result of a growing secularization and pluralism and a scientific spirit in society. Against this, one might argue that secularization does not necessarily mean just scientific spirit. Secularization might as well mean greater transparency and boldness to discuss existential questions and life interpretation. In addition to the overall factors in society, a contributing factor in my opinion has been the evaluation system as a basis for grading. Reasoning and interpretation of ones's own proposal is difficult to measure, and so is defining what skills can be required to the students. Perhaps it is important to realize that everything in school does not be measurable in order to be meaningful.


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Translated title of the contributionExistentiella frågor i forskning och undervisning i form av svar till Sven Hartman
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChallenging Life
Subtitle of host publicationExistential Questions as a Resource for Education
EditorsJari Ristiniemi, Geir Skeie, Karin Sporre
Place of PublicationMünstet New York
PublisherWaxmann Verlag
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-8309-8886-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-8309-3886-6
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Dec 1
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameReligious Diversity and Education in Europe
ISSN (Print)1862-9547