Exploring Education and Professional Practice

Through the Lens of Practice Architectures

  • Kathleen Mahon
  • Susanne Francisco
  • Stephen Kemmis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Kathleen Mahon, Stephen Kemmis, Susanne Francisco, Annemaree Lloyd
    Pages 1-30
  3. Annette Green, Roslin Brennan Kemmis, Sarojni Choy, Ingrid Henning Loeb
    Pages 121-138
  4. Lena Tyrén
    Pages 151-163
  5. Matti Pennanen, Laurette S. M. Bristol, Jane Wilkinson, Hannu L. T. Heikkinen
    Pages 201-217
  6. Stephen Kemmis, Kathleen Mahon
    Pages 219-238
  7. Stephen Kemmis, Jane Wilkinson, Christine Edwards-Groves
    Pages 239-256
  8. Susanne Francisco, Kathleen Mahon, Stephen Kemmis
    Pages 257-264
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 265-282

About this book


This book was written to help people understand and transform education and professional practice. It presents and extends the theory of practice architectures, and offers a contemporary account of what practices are composed of and how practices shape and are shaped by the arrangements with which they are enmeshed in sites of practice. Through its empirically-based case chapters, the book demonstrates how the theory of practice architectures can be used as a theoretical, analytical, and transformational resource to generate insights that have important implications for practice, theory, policy, and research in education and professional practice. These insights relate to how practices are shaped by arrangements (and other practices) present in specific sites of practice, including early childhood education settings, schools, adult education, and workplaces. They also relate to how practices create distinctive intersubjective spaces, so that people encounter one another in particular ways (a) in particular semantic spaces, (b) that are realised in particular locations and durations in physical space-time, and (c) in particular social spaces. By applying such insights, readers can work towards changing practices by transforming the practice architectures that make them possible.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Kathleen Mahon
    • 1
  • Susanne Francisco
    • 2
  • Stephen Kemmis
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Educational Research and DevelopmentUniversity of BoråsBoråsSweden
  2. 2.School of EducationCharles Sturt UniversityWagga WaggaAustralia
  3. 3.Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education (RIPPLE)Charles Sturt UniversityWagga WaggaAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-2217-3
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-2219-7
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