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Pages: 2417-2426
Publication year: 2011
ISBN: 978-84-615-0441-1
ISSN: 2340-1117

Conference name: 3rd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 4-6 July, 2011
Location: Barcelona, Spain

HUMAN POTENTIAL, SELF-ACTUALIZATION & AIMS OF EDUCATION – AN ANALYSIS OF THINKERS ON EDUCATION

P. Murali

University of Exeter (UNITED KINGDOM)
Is there a relation to be explored between self-actualization and the aim of education? Is there a limit to human potential? Modern neuroscience research suggests that the traits of self-actualization and transcendence may be a result of normal brain function, and are thus, inherent capacities of the human brain. Thus, while exploring the views of a few 19th and 20th century thinkers on education, this article tries to analyze the aim of education, in the context of self-actualization and human potential. Exploring the need for the above by drawing on understandings of educationists brings to look at the role of education in present day education systems of world.

‘’Education is the manifestation of the perfection already present in man’’ (from Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, vol. IV, p. 358). This and similar viewpoints towards enhancement of human potential, self-actualization have existed across history. Does society need to change first, at least aspire towards a world where such an education makes sense? Or does recognition of its defects provide an opportunity for education to lead the way?

The concepts of educationists such as Swami Vivekananda, Friedrich Fröbel, Sri Aurobindo and others will be examined and the differences and similarities in their views will be contrasted and compared. The recognition of these views or even the acknowledgement of the lack of its understanding and its practical application would provide an opportunity for present education systems to learn. This paper attempts to integrate the understandings and derive directions for the future.
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P. Murali (2011) HUMAN POTENTIAL, SELF-ACTUALIZATION & AIMS OF EDUCATION – AN ANALYSIS OF THINKERS ON EDUCATION, EDULEARN11 Proceedings, pp. 2417-2426.
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