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Routledge International Companion to Education by Bob Moon, Sally Brown, Miriam Ben-Peretz

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13

UNDERSTANDING EUROPEAN DIDACTICS

Bjørg B. Gundem

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION: DEFINITIONS AND APPROACHES TO THE FIELD

‘Didactic’ as a word used in English has a rather negative connotation. It is, for example, found as an adjective meaning ‘behaving like a teacher’ (Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English, 1959) or ‘teaching or intending to teach a moral lesson’ (Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary, 1994). The term ‘didactics’, generally avoided in Anglo-Saxon educational contexts, refers when used, to practical and methodological problems of mediation and does not claim to be an independent educational discipline let alone a scientific or research programme.

In this article the word ‘didactics’ will be used to convey the meaning of ...

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