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Learning Scenarios for Social and Cultural Change

«Bildung» through Academic Teaching


Edited By Lara Rodríguez Sieweke

The anthology departs from the fundamental idea that the university is deeply connected to the ideal of «Bildung» and to democratic values. If the university should serve as an open space to develop democracy and to meet today’s social, cultural and ecological challenges, then one has to take into account the different disciplines’ approaches to education. Thus, the featured proposals on school and university education come from diverse research fields such as general education, media education, art and aesthetic education, philosophy, ethnology, sociology, performance art and gender.

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Media Abstinence – Why Less Is More: An Essay (Aloisia Moser)


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Aloisia Moser

Media Abstinence – Why Less Is More: An Essay

Abstract: In this paper, from the standpoint of a philosopher, different strands of thought are developed to elucidate the human being’s relationship to the world and to learning, and the ways in which media enhance or hinder learning. My considerations lead me to recommend a strict media policy for infants and preschool children. The human body and mind develop in tandem and always through being in a larger world. Early childhood education can therefore not focus on the mind alone. When we try to enhance cognitive abilities of children through the use of media, we neglect their capacity to make experiences and to learn through the body. I will put forward the following points, which at the same time constitute the parts of my paper:

1. Motor Development

2. Learning a First Language

3. Language as a Medium

4. Principles and Methods of Learning: The Ignorant Schoolmaster

5. Conclusion: Media Abstinence – Why Less Can Be More

1.  Motor Development

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