Transitions and Transformations in Learning and Education

  • Päivi Tynjälä
  • Marja-Leena Stenström
  • Marjatta Saarnivaara

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Theoretical Analyses of Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Päivi Tynjälä, Marja-Leena Stenström, Marjatta Saarnivaara
      Pages 3-8
    3. Ronald Barnett
      Pages 9-20
    4. Hanna-Maija Liitos, Eeva Kallio, Päivi Tynjälä
      Pages 51-66
  3. Transitions in Educational Paths

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Anneli Sarja, Pirjo-Liisa Poikonen, Monica Nilsson
      Pages 87-101
    3. Evi Schmid, Barbara E. Stalder
      Pages 117-130
    4. Päivi Vuorinen-Lampila, Marja-Leena Stenström
      Pages 131-151
    5. Hannu Jokinen, Hannu L. T. Heikkinen, Åsa Morberg
      Pages 169-185
    6. Seija Nykänen, Sakari Saukkonen, Raimo Vuorinen
      Pages 187-202
  4. Learning and Pedagogy in Transformation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Päivi Tynjälä, David Gijbels
      Pages 205-222
    3. Charles Henderson, Andrea L. Beach, Noah Finkelstein
      Pages 223-245
    4. Sanna Honkimäki, Orsolya Kálmán
      Pages 247-270
    5. Jessica Aspfors, Göran Fransson, Hannu L. T. Heikkinen
      Pages 271-290
    6. Kirsi Pohjola, Kimmo Jokinen
      Pages 291-306
    7. Marjatta Saarnivaara, Carolyn Ellis, Helka-Maria Kinnunen
      Pages 307-325
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 327-340

About this book


The breakneck speed of change in today’s societies creates enormous challenges for educational institutions at all levels. This volume explores ways  how to manage change in educational processes and contexts,  focusing, in particular, on the concepts of transition and transformation. How do we educate a skilled workforce, sensitive professionals and responsive citizens who are able not only to cope with change but also to adopt required roles as agents of change? How do we prepare students and employees to cope adequately with changes and transitions in their careers and personal lives?

The first of this book’s three sections deals with the conceptual and theoretical aspects of transition, transformational processes and human development. It defines these concepts and examines the ways in which educational theory and praxis understand concepts of change and development. The second section presents empirical studies that offer differing perspectives on educational transitions, covering the lifespan from early years education to lifelong learning. The third part of the volume focuses on issues of learning and pedagogy and argues that educational practices should change with the changing world. With numerous concrete examples included in the analysis, and with studies taking a range of forms from personal histories to large-scale surveys, this new book is a major addition to the literature in a field that has key implications for our future.


conceptual change educational change educational transition higher education lifelong guidance school to work transition tranformation processes transformation transformative learning transition transition from education to work vocational education vocational education and training (VET) working life

Editors and affiliations

  • Päivi Tynjälä
    • 1
  • Marja-Leena Stenström
    • 2
  • Marjatta Saarnivaara
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Educational ResearchUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland
  2. 2.Institute for Educational ResearchUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland
  3. 3.Institute for Educational ResearchUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland

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