Pedagogical Eclecticism

  • Klaus Zierer University of Oldenburg


Eclecticism is no "terminus technicus" of pedagogy, as defined in a relevant lexicon, but it repeatedly appears in educational discussions. The contribution on hand is an attempt to define the eclectic approach as an important pedagogical approach. Therefor this article will make four arguments: First, I want to think about the term "eclecticism." Second, I will present a historical review on the "eclectic idea," including a framework of eclecticism. Third, I will pick up on modern theories of eclecticism as they relate to the framework eclecticism. Fourth and finally, I will summarize my main thoughts and draw some conclusions arising from this analysis.