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Child-adult Creating Community as an Institution of Education
Khaikin V.L., Doctor in Psychology, Professor, Corresponding Member, RAE, Moscow, Russia
Grigoriev D.V., Ph.D. in Pedagogy, Headmaster, state school № 825, Moscow, Russia
The article analyzes the possibilities of education to overcome infantilism and consumer orientation of the younger generation. Even humanistic “pedagogy of relations” is being eroded in the consumer society. Nowadays, to talk about school and to build the school in which children feel only cozy, comfortable and convenient means to prepare new victims of consumerism. The authors state the need of moving from the usual methods and forms of education (formally ritualized, verbal, leisure and entertainment ones) to the creative, activity methods and forms, which cultivate the relationships of responsible care. The new institute of education, which is child-adult creating community, is justified both theoretically and practically. The authors provide the examples of mutually beneficial and developing cooperation of adults and children based on the principles of technology, self-management, social entrepreneurship and social service.
Keywords: consumer society, consumerism, infantilization, education, upbringing, responsibility, care, child-adult community, development, creation, activity, technology, collaboration, social entrepreneurship, government, social service
Column: Educational Psychology