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Why is education such a difficult concept to define?What is a concept? What is a contested concept?

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Why is education such a difficult concept to define? What is a concept? What is a contested concept? What is it about education that makes it a contested concept? There are many things which make education a contested concept. Firstly, the term 'education' can mean different things to different people. There is no one right definition of it. Therefore, we can only provide substantive, not factual based information. What are value positions? (Values or Value judgements) Values There are many different definitions of the term 'value'. It can mean the 'quality that renders something desirable or valuable'. ...read more.

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Steiner saw a child as having 3 developmental stages: Firstly, he believed that until the age of seven, the focus of children's learning should be on drawing, playing, story telling, nature, natural things and all this should be done within the home environment. He also believed that you should not teach children under seven how to read and that writing should not be taught before reading. Furthermore, the child should have the same teachers for seven years and the child should only concentrate on one subject at a time. Moreover, the teacher should not teach set beliefs and encourage learning for its own sake and not just for exams. ...read more.

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He believed that there should be no pressure to read and write and that children shouldn't be forced to learn before they were ready. He believed in a varied curriculum according to specific children and he treated each child as an individual in his own right. Finally, you have the cognitive stage. This was aimed at children of 14+ and consisted of a routine with academic work in the mornings. The children would study one subject at a time. For example, they would study History for two to three weeks before going onto another subject, such as Geography. Like Froebel, Steiner considered the child as a whole, thinking that each stage of learning was fostered by the interaction of the prior experience. ...read more.

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