Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Longing for Innocence and Purity: Nature and Child-Centered Education

  • Meike Sophia Baader
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_9

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Introduction

The figure of the innocent, pure child permeates the discourse about children and childhoods, family, child-rearing, and education in Western modernity. It is closely linked with questions of religion, nature, and sexuality. At the same time, the discourse is polyphonic and contradictory. In what respect “innocence” or “purity” has been ascribed to children, and what has been meant by “nature,” has varied over the centuries, as have the child-rearing ideals and educational concepts and practices associated...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of HildesheimHildesheimGermany