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Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits. Educational methods include storytelling, discussion, teaching, training, and directed research. Education frequently takes place under the guidance of educators and also learners may also educate themselves. Education can take place in formal or informal settings and any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational. The methodology of teaching is called pedagogy.

Formal education is commonly divided formally into such stages as preschool or kindergarten, primary school, secondary school and then college, university, or apprenticeship.

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Physics education refers both to the methods currently used to teach physics and to an area of pedagogical research that looks to improve those methods. Historically, physics has been taught at the high school and college level primarily by the lecture method together with laboratory exercises aimed at verifying concepts taught in the lectures.

In most introductory physics courses mechanics usually is the first area of physics that is discussed. Newton's laws of motion, which describe how massive objects respond to forces, are central to the study of mechanics.

The primary goal of physics education research is to develop pedagogical techniques and strategies that will help students learn physics more effectively. A variety of interactive learning methods (sometimes also called active learning methods) and laboratory experiences have been developed with this aim.

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The seven liberal arts – Picture from the Hortus deliciarum of Herrad von Landsberg (12th century)
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The term liberal arts has come to mean studies that are intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills, rather than more specialized occupational, scientific, or artistic skills.

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (June 28, 1712 – July 2, 1778) was a Genevan philosopher of the Enlightenment whose political ideas influenced the French Revolution, the development of socialist theory, and the growth of nationalism.

Rousseau set out his views on education in Émile, a semi-fictitious work detailing the growth of a young boy of that name, presided over by Rousseau himself. He brings him up in the countryside, where, he believes, humans are most naturally suited, rather than in a city, where we only learn bad habits, both physical and intellectual. The aim of education, Rousseau says, is to learn how to live, and this is accomplished by following a guardian who can point the way to good living.

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Academic institutions: Universities and colleges • Schools (High schools and secondary schools, Middle schools, Primary and elementary schools)


Alternative education: Education reform • Homeschooling • Religious education • Special education


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Education by subject: Chemical • Language • Legal • Mathematics • Medical • Music • Physics • Public health • Science • Vocational


Educators: Educational psychologists • Principals and headteachers • Teachers  • University and college presidents


Educational: Administration • Philosophy • Psychology •


General: History of education

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