Topics: Existentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre, Søren Kierkegaard Pages: 3 (814 words) Published: February 19, 2013
EXISTENTIALISM is a 20th century philosophy that is centered upon the analysis of existence and of the way humans find themselves existing in the world. The notion is that humans exist first and then each individual spends a lifetime changing their essence or nature.  In simpler terms, existentialism is a philosophy concerned with finding self and the meaning of life through free will, choice, and personal responsibility. The belief is that people are searching to find out who and what they are throughout life as they make choices based on their experiences, beliefs, and outlook And personal choices become unique without the necessity of an objective form of truth. An existentialist believes that a person should be forced to choose and be responsible without the help of laws, ethnic rules, or traditions. Related to education, the subject matter of existentialist classrooms should be a matter of personal choice. It would be a matter of interpretation such as arts, ethics or philosophy. Examining life through authentic thinking involves students in genuine learning experiences. Existentialists are opposed to thinking about students as objects to be measured, tracked, or standardized. Such educators want the educational experience to focus on creating opportunities for self-direction and self actualization. They start with the student, rather than on curriculum content. Teachers view the individual as an entity within a social context in which the learner must confront others' views to clarify his or her own. Teacher-student interaction would center on assisting students in their personal learning journeys. Change in school environments world be embraced as both natural and necessary phenomenon. NATURE

Focuses on the experiences of the individuals.
Offers individuals a way of thinking about the meaning of life. EDUCATIONAL AIM
To train individuals for significant and meaningful existence. CURRiCULUM
don’t believe in formal curriculum consisting of set of...
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