Schools in Transition

Linking Past, Present, and Future in Educational Practice

  • Pauli Siljander
  • Kimmo Kontio
  • Eetu Pikkarainen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
    1. Kimmo Kontio, Eetu Pikkarainen, Pauli Siljander
      Pages 1-15
  2. Functions of the School

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-18
    2. David T. Hansen, Jessica Davis
      Pages 19-33
    3. Jani Kukkola
      Pages 53-63
  3. School, Learning and Teaching

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-66
    2. Jouni Peltonen
      Pages 67-77
    3. Daniel Tröhler
      Pages 79-95
    4. Eetu Pikkarainen
      Pages 97-112
  4. School, Economics and Labor Markets

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-114
    2. Kimmo Kontio, Maximilian Sailer
      Pages 115-136
  5. School and School Reform – National Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-190
    2. Pauli Siljander
      Pages 191-212
    3. Andrew Stables
      Pages 241-253
    4. Alice Casimiro Lopes, Elizabeth Macedo
      Pages 255-269
  6. School, Utopias and Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-272
    2. Alexander M. Sidorkin
      Pages 289-301
    3. Pauli Siljander, Kimmo Kontio
      Pages 303-312
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 313-319

About this book


School is one of the most focal institutions in modern society. It is largely through the institutionalized forms of education that modern society attempts to secure and maintain its social and economic well-being and its valuable cultural life forms. In addition to this, school is the essential institution through which the future of a society is defined. Thus, at least when understood traditionally as a pedagogical institution, the school stands at the center of historically and socially constructed cultural life forms and at the brink of an unknown future: the determination of that future characterizes the pedagogical task of the school. It naturally ensues then, that modern discourses of the school have always been intertwined with the critical question of how past, present and future can be linked in educational practices so that schools can foster (in ever better ways) the well-being of individuals, societies and humanity. The chapters in this volume, despite the variety of viewpoints, share this critical view. The purpose of the volume is not to offer definite answers; rather it is to stress that to understand the role and functions of school in contemporary society and to orientate its transition, a well-founded critical evaluation of prevailing pedagogical practices and policy trends is required. This evaluation is vital for the future of school and society.


school school reform educational practice educational institutions theory of school

Editors and affiliations

  • Pauli Siljander
    • 1
  • Kimmo Kontio
    • 2
  • Eetu Pikkarainen
    • 3
  1. 1.University of OuluFinland
  2. 2.University of OuluFinland
  3. 3.University of OuluFinland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6300-827-3
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