I.D. Froumin, director of the Institute of Education, Higher School of Economics, professor
Abstract. The article briefly discusses the problem of designing special educational practices that could support development of students’ maturity. The author seeks the answer to the question analyzing a host of empirical studies that help to understand what the concept of “maturity” means for children and teenagers. Finally, a conclusion is made that modern education systems rarely allow students to express themselves as adults. This requires changes and special mechanisms that enable children, teenagers and students to take the initiative and responsibility.
Key words: maturity, educational paths, professional paths, educational space.