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    Title: Vol.3 Iss.1
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    Date: 2016
    Publication type: Technical report
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    Keywords
    1. Existence Philosophy; Internet
    2. Education
    3. Identity

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    Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran

    Abstract

    The present study aims to investigate the role of education in developing identity in Internet era and the cyberspace. Today the spread of Internet and the cyberspace and the establishment of information society have created particular arguments regarding the manner of using these technologies. One of the arguments raised is the individual identity in relation to this technology. Therefore this study tries to examine identities in cyberspace through analytical and descriptive method as well as the philosophical inquiry. This investigation is conducted from an existential attitude and based on ideas from existentialist philosophers. The presented discussions revealed that people might adopt multiple identities in cyberspace; that is the individuals might take on several identities and lack a fixed identity. Considering the existential aspects in the field of education could help the development of individual identities, therefore the present study offers some recommendations including raising the individual awareness about “self” and the specific conditions and aspects of cyberspace that differ from those of real life, facilitating and encouraging cooperation, and creating an interactional environment for exchanging ideas about cyberspace experiences and engaging with the real world. Additionally, focusing on “I-Thou” and mutual relationship in the field of education could provide the possibility for mutual and improved understanding of the individual from self. Finally, by valuing the arts in the curricula the educators could facilitate the students’ existence and individual identities to flourish and grow.