How do you define education


Table of Contents

  1. Generally
  2. features
  3. Initial and continuing education
  4. Educational needs analysis
  5. Education management
  6. Education server
  7. Criticism and Outlook


The concept of education aims at the intellectual, creative and moral development, which happens out of reason and freedom and without direct dependence on politics and economy. Not only the process is meant, but also the state or the result. Humboldt's ideal of education includes holistic training in science and art and the binding unity of research and teaching, including the freedom of science.


One speaks in detail of scientific, artistic or humanistic education. General education becomes the common foundation of society. The prerequisites for education are access to knowledge, for example through specialist and non-fiction books, and the inclusion of science and art, for example in institutions such as schools and universities. The theory of education deals with pedagogy and philosophy, among others.

Initial and continuing education

An apprenticeship is an educational measure in which knowledge and skills are conveyed or developed and the completion of which qualifies them to take up a specific job (general school education, vocational training, studies). Continuing education is part of the post-school education sector and is aimed at those who are already professionally qualified. When it comes to measures in general and as a whole, there is often talk of training and further education across the board.

Educational needs analysis

The education needs analysis is a method for recording the future education and qualification needs of an organization. It examines which requirements arise from the medium and long-term strategy and which qualifications and competencies the employees must have in order to perform their tasks. Concrete personnel development and training measures can only be derived from the systematic determination of the training needs.

Education management

Educational management is relevant in all organizations in which educational measures are planned, implemented and evaluated. In essence, it is about how the competencies of employees are brought into harmony with the strategies and structures as well as the culture of the institution or the company and which forms of training and further education are launched.

Education server

Education servers are editorially managed portals that bring together resources such as learning materials as well as project descriptions, legal texts, addresses of institutions and contact persons or event dates on all aspects of education and make them generally accessible. The state is often the initiator or sponsor. There are specializations depending on the type of education and target group or geographically.

Criticism and Outlook

More and more education, contrary to the original idea, is fragmented and instrumentalized, an arbitrary educational canon is created and training and further education become dependent. Educational needs analysis, management and server can on the one hand be understood as important approaches and means, but on the other hand they can also work towards a pure benefit and purpose orientation. Ethics may critically accompany the reinterpretation and reevaluation of education.