Thinking and the Sense of Life: A Comparative Study of Young People in Germany and Japan- Educational Consequences by Gerhard SchaeferThinking and the Sense of Life: A Comparative Study of Young People in Germany and Japan- Educational Consequences by Gerhard Schaefer

Thinking and the Sense of Life: A Comparative Study of Young People in Germany and Japan…

byGerhard Schaefer, Ryoei Yoshioka

Hardcover | October 8, 2014

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Do cognitive/metacognitive abilities favour recognition of sense in life or not? Based on a sample of more than one thousand secondary schools students in Japan and Germany, the correlation between intelligence and perception of sense in life has been empirically examined. The study draws the conclusion that there is no clear correlation between cognition and sense. Finding sense in life seems to be independent from the level of thinking and to be independent as well from particular areas of commitment (e.g. science, technology, art and religion). The main factor discovered so far is a cultural/national one: The majority of Japanese students approve of the idea of sense in life whereas the majority of German students do not. The book discusses the different historical background of the two peer groups as a possible explanation and draws conclusions with respect to education.
Gerhard Schaefer, biology educator, is professor emeritus of the University of Hamburg. He was the chairman of the Commission for Biological Education (CBE) of the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) for many years and has been the chair of the Educational Commission of the German Society for the Advancement of Science an...
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Title:Thinking and the Sense of Life: A Comparative Study of Young People in Germany and Japan…Format:HardcoverDimensions:8.27 × 5.83 × 0.98 inPublished:October 8, 2014Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3631651864

ISBN - 13:9783631651865

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Contents: Eastern/Western way of thinking – Sense of life – Superordinate/subordinate concept-pairing – Personal areas of devotion – Gender – Science – Technology – Idea of Man – Correlation between intelligence and perception of sense in life.