Reforming Teaching and Teacher Education

Bright Prospects for Active Schools

  • Eija Kimonen
  • Raimo Nevalainen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Reforming Teacher Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Susan K. Johnsen, Krystal K. Goree, Tracey N. Sulak
      Pages 1-33
    3. Tracey N. Sulak, Rachel Renbarger, Robin D. Wilson, Rebecca J. Odajima
      Pages 35-63
  3. Transforming School Pedagogics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Sarah J. Carrier, Kathryn Stevenson
      Pages 67-88
    3. Sari Havu-Nuutinen, Dan Sporea, Adelina Sporea
      Pages 89-116
    4. Sinikka Pöllänen, Māra Urdziņa-Deruma
      Pages 117-144
    5. Anna-Liisa Elorinne, Noriko Arai, Minna Autio
      Pages 145-168
    6. Anna-Lena Østern, Tapio Toivanen, Tuija Leena Viirret
      Pages 169-192
  4. Reculturing Schools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Raimo Nevalainen, Eija Kimonen, Thomas L. Alsbury
      Pages 195-224
    3. Eija Kimonen, Raimo Nevalainen, La Tefy Schoen
      Pages 225-252
    4. Eija Kimonen, Congman Rao, Raimo Nevalainen, Xin Chen
      Pages 253-256
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 257-268

About this book


What are the prerequisites for reforming education, and how can these reforms be seen in school development and culture? How should teacher education support this reform process? What are the principles and practices underlying the functioning of the schools of tomorrow? These questions are examined in this unique volume. The authors in this book argue that the central function of teacher education and education in general is to respond to the challenges brought on by the twenty-first century. According to this approach, the competencies and skills needed in the future are not merely a new addition to school activities, but rather something requiring a comprehensive reform of school culture encompassing teacher education, curricula, and teaching methods. Such a fundamental process of change in the action and thinking models used by schools would be an effort to achieve a complete transformation, the result of which would be schools developing into organizations that are both creative and imbued with a strong sense of community. A central attribute is that the creation of new knowledge is not just restricted to the classroom but also takes place in out-of-school environments. This would link learning to its natural context, eventually leading to an ideal instruction that is actively problem oriented, holistic, and life centered. This reform-minded volume is divided into three parts. The first part focuses on the reform processes in teacher education, the second on the reforms of pedagogics at schools and teacher education institutions, and the third on the processes of reculturing schools. New prospects for active schools in the United States and Europe, as well as in Japan and China, are discussed.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Eija Kimonen
    • 1
  • Raimo Nevalainen
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Eastern FinlandFinland
  2. 2.University of JyväskyläFinland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6300-917-1
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