Practicality and Identity as Functions of Education in Old Order Mennonite and Hutterite Communities

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Title: Practicality and Identity as Functions of Education in Old Order Mennonite and Hutterite Communities
Creators: Zimmerman, Janelle M.
Keywords: Groffdale Mennonite Conference
Schmiedeleut Hutterite
Education
Socialization
One-room schools
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Ohio State University. Libraries
Citation: Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies v. 3, no. 1 (2015), p. 71-93.
Abstract: This study is an exploration of common structures, theories, and practices among the educational systems of selected Anabaptist communities, focusing on a Midwestern Schmiedeleut Hutterite community and the Groffdale Conference (Old Order) Mennonites in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Building on ideas of utopian communities, this research suggests two key foci of education as practiced in Hutterite and Old Order Mennonite communities. The first is identity, both of the community—as manifested by a common purpose and identity—and of the individual—as manifested by a belief in free will. The second is practicality, both in the physical (pragmatic) and metaphysical (idealistic) realm. Anabaptist communities tend to perceive education as highly important to the continued meaningful existence of the community because education serves as a means of socializing children and youth into community norms, standards, and beliefs.
URI: https://doi.org/10.18061/1811/69365
http://hdl.handle.net/1811/69365
ISSN: 2471-6383
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