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Bildung and intercultural understanding
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, History of Ideas.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2782-4371
2013 (English)In: Intercultural Education, ISSN 1467-5986, E-ISSN 1469-8439, Vol. 24, no 5, 391-400 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The concept of Bildung, sometimes translated as self-cultivation, is at the core of an influential tradition of educational thought. What is the relation between Bildung and interculturality? Drawing on Wilhelm von Humboldt and Hans-Georg Gadamer, and on so-called transformative learning theory, Bildung is interpreted as a process of transforming one’s meaning perspective in encounters with others. A meaning perspective is a set of largely implicit presuppositions underlying one’s habitual ways of thinking, feeling, and acting. Confrontation with alternative perspectives can be an opportunity to become aware of one’s own perspective, to critically assess it and to transform it. Thus conceived, Bildung is closely related to interculturality.

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London: Routledge, 2013. Vol. 24, no 5, 391-400 p.
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Bildung, Wilhelm von Humboldt, philosophy of education, curriculum, transformative learning
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Historical Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-19982DOI: 10.1080/14675986.2013.826019ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84888000973Local ID: 1656/42/2008OAI: diva2:658929
Kritiskt tänkande för en pluralistisk högskola
Swedish Research Council, 721-2007-3345
Available from: 2013-10-23 Created: 2013-10-23 Last updated: 2016-09-22Bibliographically approved

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