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Olesen, Mogens Noergaard – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2011
In this paper we will look at the pedagogical and didactic concept of Bildung and how Bildung has been used as an important ingredient of European university teaching during the last 200 years. We will also shortly look at the modern university teaching where Bildung in some important respects has been abandoned and even abolished. This, however,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Instruction, Economics Education, Mathematics Instruction
Olesen, Mogens Noergaard – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2010
In the history of mankind three important philosophical and scientific revolutions have taken place. The first of these revolutions was the mathematical-axiomatic revolution in ancient Greece, when the philosophers from Thales of Miletus to Archimedes built up the abstract deductive method used in pure mathematics. The second took place in the…
Descriptors: High Schools, Scientific Research, Educational Principles, Educational Change
Olesen, Mogens Noergaard – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2009
In this paper we will demonstrate how powerful "Bildung" is as a tool in modern university teaching. The concept of "Bildung" was originally introduced by the German philosopher Immanuel Kant (Kant 1787, 1798, 1804) and the Prussian lawyer and politician Wilhelm von Humboldt (Humboldt 1792, Bohlin 2008). From 1810…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Foreign Countries, Intellectual History, Mathematics Education
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Olesen, Mogens Noergaard – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2008
In this paper we will examine some of the problems and difficulties in modern university teaching and how these difficulties were overcome and the problems were solved. Because the syllabus in Danish (and other European) high schools has been substantially weakened over the last decade and especially since 2002, the university students have…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Mathematics Education, College Mathematics, Change Strategies