The focus of this article is the subject home economics education in the primary and lower secondary school in the 21st century. Practical wisdom, understanding of coherence and competencies for everyday life are suggested as aims of home economics education. It is argued that these elements should be included as part of general education and ‘Bildung'  in late modern society. This article raises the following questions: what, how and why should these elements be included. A literature research and developmental work within two home economics classes over two years commencing with observations and interviews, followed by an action research approach, is reported. The work was further used for developing text books for home economics education in the primary and lower secondary school with the following titles: Home Economics in words and actions and Home Economics in thoughts, words and actions. The paper shares the concept of a new paradigm based upon a critical pedagogy, which for home economics education implies to know, to be able to, to want, and to be. This paper will share a Scandinavian perspective of home economics in order to enrich the global understanding of different ways of knowing and experiencing the profession  Bildung is the German word for education, but it is used as a pedagogical term in English literature as it has another and more specific meaning than the word education. The word in Danish is dannelse.
International Journal of Home Economics (ijhe), 2009, Vol 2, p. 2-14
Hjemkundskab; praktisk klogskab; dannelse; hverdagslivskompetence; Home Economics; Practical Wisdom; Education; Everyday life competence