b. Irfersgruen (Germany), Sept. 23, 1829, d. Vienna, May 15, 1896, educator; father of Paul Dittes. 1868-1881 first director of the "Paedagogium", an institution created by the liberal municipal council of Vienna offering further training courses for teachers. D. sought to create a school system that was largely independent of external ties (Church, bureaucracy, political parties). He strongly influenced many teachers in Vienna with his staunchly non-denominational beliefs.
Publications#Schule der Paedagogik, 1875, 31880; ed. of periodical "Paedagogium" (1879-1896).
Literature#T. Ballauff and K. Schaller, Paedagogik, vol. III, 1973.