publication . Other literature type . 2006

Hard knowledge, soft values

Domazet, Mladen;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2006 Journal: Sociologija i prostor : časopis za istraživanje prostornoga i sociokulturnog razvoja, volume 44, issue 174 (4) (issn: 1846-5226, eissn: 1849-0387, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Institute for social research in Zagreb
The paper contrasts two domains of school education, natural science and citizenship education (as a paradigm of “hard” and “soft” subjects), with respect to their epistemological and ethical foundations. A sharp contrast between their associated world-views within the school community is accentuated at the outset. The epistemological shortcomings inherent in both are subsequently explored, and the debate between epistemological relativism and “naturalism” (a form of foundationalism) relating to scientific knowledge is briefly reviewed. Through review of organizational principles behind selection of knowledge for presentation in schools, values are introduced as...
free text keywords: Natural science; civics; naturalism; relativism; knowledge; values, prirodne znanosti; odgoj za građanstvo; naturalizam; relativizam; znanje; vrijednosti, Sciences naturelles; éducation pour la population; naturalisme; relativisme; connaissances; valeurs
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