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(304 words)

Author(s): Schweitzer, Friedrich
[English Version] Piaget, Jean (9.8.1896 Neucha^tel – 16.9.1980 Genf), nach weitgehend autodidaktischen Studien 1918 naturwiss. Promotion in Neucha^tel, Arbeit in verschiedenen psychologischen Laboratorien in Zürich und Paris (ab 1919 bei Alfred Binet), ab 1921 verschiedene, z.T. gleichzeitig versehene naturwiss., psychologische und soziologische Lehraufträge und Professuren in Genf, Neucha^tel und Paris sowie erziehungswiss. Tätigkeit im Rahmen der UNESCO. P. war einer der einfl…


(1,042 words)

Author(s): Schweitzer, Friedrich
[English Version] I. Sozialwissenschaftlich. Im weitesten Sinne bez. O. die Tätigkeit des Ordnens, Anordnens, Einrichtens, Regelns usw. sowie, im Sinne von Selbstorganisation, Autopoiesis usw., den Prozeß der Herausbildung systemischer Strukturen auch in der Natur bzw. im Bereich der Naturwiss. Als soziologischer und ökonomischer Begriff meint O. eine Institution, die durch bestimmte Merkmale oder Elemente gekennzeichnet ist. Häufig genannt werden definierte Mitgliedschaft, festgelegte Ziele bzw. L…


(648 words)

Author(s): Schweitzer, Friedrich
[English Version] . Beim Stichwort Sch. oder, weitergehend, Bildungsreform wird häufig nur an bestimmte Epochen wie etwa die groß angelegten Reformen der 60er Jahre des 20.Jh. gedacht. Tatsächlich reicht die Gesch. der Sch. so weit zurück wie die der Schule (Bildungswesen) oder der Schulkritik: Die Schule kann und soll stets besser werden und unterliegt daher permanent der Sch. In der Sch. treten die jeweils leitenden Vorstellungen von Bildung, aber auch des individuellen und gesellschaftlichen Le…

Vocational Education

(88 words)

Author(s): Schweitzer, Friedrich
[German Version] The theory of vocational or business education is a subdiscipline of educational theory (Education, Theory of). While its historical roots, for example in the various trades, can be traced to antiquity and above all the Middle Ages, it established itself as a scientific discipline only with the development of the vocational education system in the 20th century. Initially it focused on (trade) schools, but today it is being extended to social and operational settings. Friedrich Schweitzer Bibliography A. Schelten, Einführung in die Berufspädagogik, 1991.

Psychology of Learning

(833 words)

Author(s): Schweitzer, Friedrich
[German Version] I. The Term The psychology of learning is a subdiscipline of psychology that also developed as a science during the 20th century. It is guided by the definition of learning as an object of study that deliberately casts a wide net; from the start, it has not been limited to education, schools, or other forms of teaching and instruction. Learning refers to all changes in behavior that can be traced to experience (in contrast to maturation or growth, as well as the effects of drugs) and prove relatively long-lasting. The psychology of learn…

Mead, George Herbert

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Author(s): Schweitzer, Friedrich
[German Version] (Feb 27, 1863, South Hadley, MA – Apr 26, 1931, Chicago), son of pastor and homiletics professor Hiram Mead, studied at Oberlin College (until 1883) and Harvard (1887/1888), where he had contacts with J. Royce and W. James. Subsequently, he studied in Leipzig (with W. Wundt and others) and in Berlin (with, among others, W. Dilthey). In 1891, he became a lecturer in psychology at the University of Michigan (from that time, contact with J. Dewey); in 1894, he moved to the University…

Bollnow, Otto Friedrich

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Author(s): Schweitzer, Friedrich
[German Version] (Mar 14, 1903, Stettin – Feb 7, 1991, Tübingen) studied in Berlin, received his doctorate in physics in 1925 from Göttingen, with further studies of philosophy wi…


(1,260 words)

Author(s): Schweitzer, Friedrich
[German Version] I. Social Sciences – II. Social Ethics – III. Practical Theology I. Social Sciences Organization in the broadest sense refers to the activity of ordering, arranging, administering, etc., and in the sense of self-organization, autopoiesis, etc. the process by which systemic structures develop, including in nature or in the field of natural science. As a sociological and economic concept, organization denotes an insti-¶ tution that is characterized by specific features or elements. Mention is frequently made of defined membership, predetermined…


(880 words)

Author(s): Schweitzer, Friedrich
[German Version] I. Concept and History – II. The Present – III. Religious Education and Theology I. Concept and History It has often been observed that the term learning is highly ambiguous, in large part because until recently it has only been used colloquially. Since ancient times, the shifting concepts of learning have derived from the concepts of teaching and instruction, as well as the concepts of education, formation (Education/Formation), ¶ and school. The concepts of knowledge and understanding (Epistemology) debated in Greek philosophy (Sophistic school, Plato, Aristotle) are still influential today. In the history of educational theory, efforts toward a scientific understanding of the nature of the learning process go back to J. Pestalozzi (elementary education, learning through sense perception and experience) and J. Herbart (educational instruction, learning by building on a base of structured knowledge). The progressive education movement of the early 20th century added the notion of learning by doing. In the 20th century, the concept of learning was increasingly influenced by the psychology of learning and by empirical studies of teaching, learning, and aptitude; in the educational reforms of the 1960s, their understanding of learning was meant to replace the current concept of educational formation, which was criticized for vagueness. By the end of the 20th century, a broad concept of learning had once more become dominant – with numerous composites (see below), but also with inflationary formulas suc…

Piaget, Jean

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Author(s): Schweitzer, Friedrich
[German Version] (Aug 9, 1896, Neuchâtel – Sep 16, 1980, Geneva). After studying largely as an autodidact, he received a doctorate in natural science in 1918 at Neuchâtel, after which he worked in various psychological laboratories in Zürich and Paris (beginning work with Alfred Binet in 1919). From 1921 he held various teaching positions and professorships (sometimes concurrent) in Geneva, Neuchâtel, and Paris in the natural sciences, psychology and sociology; he also taught within the context of…

School Reform

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Author(s): Schweitzer, Friedrich
[German Version] The term school reform, or more broadly educational reform, is often limited to particular epochs, like the ambitious reforms of the 1960s. In fact the history of school reform goes back as far as the history of schools and the critique of schools: schools can and should get constantly better and are therefore permanently subject to reform. In school reform, currently age’s dominant notions of culture and education (Education/Formation) and of the life of individuals and socie…


(1,226 words)

Author(s): Schweitzer, Friedrich | Lachmann, Rainer
[German Version] I. Dogmatics – II. Ethics – III. Education I. Dogmatics “Example” is not a term commonly used in dogmatics. It is probably most often used negatively in the context of Christology in order to preclude a merely ethical interpretation of the work of Christ (exemplary Christology): the “ salvific work” of Jesus Christ is at variance with every attempt to see him as a mere “ethical example” (Härle, 315). This remains true even though we find that…


(1,048 words)

Author(s): Schweitzer, Friedrich | Lachmann, Rainer
[English Version] I. Dogmatisch V. ist kein geläufiger Terminus der Dogmatik. Wohl am häufigsten wird er in einem negativen Sinne im Kontext der Christologie gebraucht, um eine bloß ethische Auslegung des Christusglaubens (Vorbildchristologie) auszuschließen: Das » Heilswerk« Jesu Christi widerspricht jedem Versuch, ihn nur als »ethisches V.« zu verstehen (Härle 315). Der Befund, daß der Begriff V. im NT vielfach positiv gebraucht wird (v. Lips), ändert daran nichts. Auf positive Bedeutungen von V. verweisen auch verwandte, von e…

Psychology of Adolescence

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Author(s): Kim, Hye-On | Schweitzer, Friedrich
[German Version] I. General It is generally recognized today that not just our everyday talk of “adolescence” and “youth” but also our concept of adolescent psychology involves a “social construct.” Psychology no longer views its specialized knowledge as a direct, veridical representation of the world. Psychologists are increasingly taking into account the fact that the “latest scientific conclusions” reflect a variety of assumptions in the particular underlyin…


(3,118 words)

Author(s): Elwert, Georg | Hoppe, Günter | Schweitzer, Friedrich
1. Socioeconomic Development Descriptively, the term “development” denotes historical changes made to produce the form of society desired by its members; normatively, it denotes the structural changes made toward this goal. Whether the development or its basic mechanisms represent progress in some absolute sense is immaterial. In the normative sense, socioeconomic developments are the processes that can bring a poor society closer to its desired form. Politically, various indicators stand in the fo…


(1,301 words)

Author(s): Bochinger, Christoph | Mette, Norbert | Schweitzer, Friedrich
[English Version] I. Religionswissenschaftlich Der Begriff »S.« wird in unterschiedlichen wiss. Kontexten, v.a. in der Soziologie, (Sozial-) Psychologie und den Erziehungswiss. (Pädagogik), verwendet. Bereits 1907 von É.  Durkheim gebraucht, erlebte er in den 60er Jahren eine erste, in den 80er Jahren eine zweite Phase starker Rezeption. Während zunächst v.a. die Prägung der Individuen durch die Gesellschaft im Vordergrund stand, ist in jüngerer Zeit überwiegend von der Wechselwirkung zw. Eigenakti…


(1,348 words)

Author(s): Schweitzer, Friedrich | McLean, Margaret R.
[English Version] I. Begriff, Dogmengeschichte Die V. oder Eth…


(1,913 words)

Author(s): Jödicke, Ansgar | Barbour, John D. | Schweitzer, Friedrich
[German Version] I.  History of Religion – II.  Biography and Religion – III.  Autobiography and Religion – IV.  Practical Theology and Education I. History of Religion The term biography denotes the life history of an individual, both in regard to its external course and in regard ¶ to spiritual and mental development. In a narrower sense biography is the narrative, whether oral or written, of curricula vitae. It is not always possible to separate it from the genre of legend of more episodic structure. I…

Behavioral Research

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Author(s): Schweitzer, Friedrich | McLean, Margaret R.
[German Version] I. Concept, History of Doctrine – II. Science – III. Behavioral Research and Ethics, Practical Theology and Pedagogy …


(1,371 words)

Author(s): Bochinger, Christoph | Mette, Norbert | Schweitzer, Friedrich
[German Version] I. Religious Studies The term socialization is used in various academic fields, especially sociology, (social) psychology, and the educational disciplines (Education, Theory of ). Already used by É. Durkheim in 1907, it experienced a wave of popularity in the 1960s and again in the 1980s. Initially it emphasized the formation of individuals by society; recently it has focused more on the interaction between individuals’ own activity and outside influences and between individuation and …
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