London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

How do young people's values and philosophy of life correspond with the curriculum and citizenship education at school?

Author(s) Tullie Torstenson-Ed  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2004  
Editor A. Ross, The Experience of Citizenship  
Language English  
Age group -  
Even young people have a philosophy of life formed from their experiences, alone or together with others, inside and outside school. Such a 'lived' philosophy of life might include a self- concept, other concepts, feelings, attitudes and ways to act. It is a way of organizing experiences, it gives patterns to interpret life and handle it. It is a process going on all through life. This is a definition given by Hartman (2003) and 'lived' means that it is not an established religion or ideology, but one formed personally from one's own experiences. A person's philosophy of life becomes a personal map over them and their culture, their own personal mark in the world. Some experiences become more important than others in life and can be called existential questions. 'An existential question is about the basic conditions for life and existence. It also expresses a need to reflect upon yourself and your experiences in life' (Hartman, 2003, s.71). These questions are not the same for all people, different issues become of importance. They arouse feelings and need reflections and actions which may lead to a change in a person's values and philosophy of life.

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