Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

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Educationalization of Social Problems and the Educationalization of the Modern World

  • Daniel TröhlerEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-532-7_8-1



The catchword “educationalization,” which enjoyed some popularity around 1920, has been used increasingly since the 1980s, first in the German and then in the Belgian and English discussions. Although the uses of and intentions behind the term are far from identical, they all express a perceived intersection between distinct social practices, one of which is education. As a rule, this intersection is interpreted as assigning education the task of coping with perceived social problems. Accordingly, the most popular expression of this mode of thought has been labeled, in an abstracting way, the educationalization of social problems. This entry builds on that but suggests a more comprehensive view, less reactive in character by claiming that since the eighteenth century the construction of modernity, progress, and open future depends on an idea of education that promises to be the engine of modernity by means of...


Social Problem Eighteenth Century French Revolution Museum Education Existential Uncertainty 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LuxembourgEsch-sur-AlzetteLuxembourg