A conceptual and practical framework for a new model of personal education
This thesis is concerned with the development of a new comprehensive model of systematic, timetabled personal education. Personal education belongs to a large group of approaches that currently appear under various names, of which the most common is Personal and Social Education (PSE) and its variants (PSHE, PSMEd, etc.). In the first chapter, the reasons why we need this type of education and some possible objections to it are addressed. The second chapter analyses and evaluates the existing models related to personal education. The main purpose of this chapter is to clarify why a new model is required. The third chapter focuses on the aims of education, with special reference to the aims of personal education. It is argued that the main aim of education should be intrinsic, rather than instrumental. The next chapter defines the criteria for the content of personal education, which are employed to specify the themes or areas that will be included in this model. It is followed by a chapter that deals with the structure of the model, that is to say the organisation of these areas. In the sixth chapter, the content and structure of the individual areas are discussed. The thesis then sets out the materials for a number of areas, based on the theoretical foundations developed previously. The remaining areas (in a more condensed form) are included in the appendixes. In the last chapter, some practical issues regarding the implementation of this model are considered. The conclusion highlights advantages of the model, addresses some potential objections, and indicates directions for its further development.