Making Education: Material School Design and Educational Governance

  • Ian Grosvenor
  • Lisa Rosén Rasmussen

Part of the Educational Governance Research book series (EGTU, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Ian Grosvenor, Lisa Rosén Rasmussen
    Pages 1-30
  3. Entanglements of Pedagogy, Politics and Material Design

  4. Making of Educational Places, Peoples, and Procedures/Practices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Thomas Bellfield, Catherine Burke, Dominic Cullinan, Emma Dyer, Karolina Szynalska
      Pages 119-136
    3. Harry Daniels, Hau Ming Tse
      Pages 137-156
  5. The Future of School and Governance

  6. Postscript

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Ning de Coninck-Smith
      Pages 213-219

About this book


This book brings together the notions of material school design and educational governance in the first such text to address this critical interrelationship in any depth. In addressing the issue of governance through analysing current and historical material school designs, it looks at the intersection of politics, economics, aesthetics and pedagogical ideas and practices. More specifically, it explores and unfolds educational governance as it is constituted, materialized and transformed in and through material school designs. It does so by studying a range of issues: from the material and aesthetic language of schooling to the design of the built environment, from spatial organization to the furnishing and equipment of classrooms, and from technologies of regulation to the incorporation of tools of learning. 

The book presents examples from Europe, Latin and Central America and the United States, and relates to the past, present and future of governance and school design. It focuses on design processes and on designers/architects and people involved in the planning of school design, as well as on school leaders, teachers and pupils adopting, inhabiting and re-shaping them in everyday school life. Furthermore, the book discusses how to study governance by material school design, and how to act upon governance by material design on wishful, actual and ethical terms.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Ian Grosvenor
    • 1
  • Lisa Rosén Rasmussen
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK
  2. 2.The Danish School of EducationAarhus UniversityCopenhagenDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-97018-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-97019-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2365-9548
  • Series Online ISSN 2365-9556
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