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Educating for Democracy in England and Finland
Principles and culture

ISBN 9781138579675
Published March 12, 2018 by Routledge
176 Pages

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Book Description

With the growth of terrorism, instability in the EU following recession, and the acceleration of support for right-wing political parties in Europe, discussions on the nature of democracy and democratic citizenship have never been more important. Exploring the relationship between democratic values, classroom practices and neo-liberalist ideology in England and in Finland, Educating for Democracy argues that it is the role of governments and the education systems they support to create teachers and students who can voice critically appraised judgements to guide their citizenship.

With chapters co-written by English and Finnish authors, this book analyses the history and current state of education systems in England and Finland, with reference to other European countries, in order to establish whether they are effective in creating democratically-minded citizens. Recent years have seen decreasing control of educator professionalism as governments have become more concerned about economic growth, and in some cases, survival. The contributors to this volume question whether educators are becoming less effectual as a result, exploring the idea that democracy is a dying concept, and asking whether educators are now simply creating cogs for the neo-liberalistic/capitalist machine.

This book will be essential reading for academics and researchers in the fields of teacher education, education studies and comparative education. It will also be of great interest to those concerned with issues surrounding citizenship, democracy and the role of the government in education.

Table of Contents

1. Education for democracy in England and Finland: insights for consideration beyond the twonations 2. Living between two educational systems 3. The role of the teacher in educating for democracy 4. Democracy, classroom practices and pre-service teachers’ conceptions of excellence 5. Searching the roots of democracy: collaborative intervention in teacher education 6. Democracy and the Curriculum: English and Finnish Perspectives 7. Power, democracy and progressive schools 8. Perspectives on accountability in education: local democracy versus national regulation 9. Inclusion and democracy in England and Finland 10. Educational research for democracy 11. Fighting against the flow in theorising education 12. Towards the future.

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Andrea Raiker is an independent consultant and researcher in Higher Education, in the UK and internationally.

Matti Rautiainen is Vice Head of the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.


‘The authors illustrate the multiple dimensions of democracy in education, from classroom practices and classroom interactions to ideologies underlying the curriculum and educational policy. This book combines in an excellent way reflection and practice, and not least therefore it is relevant reading for teachers and prospective teachers. This volume is based on shared expertise of scholars from two countries, discussing intensively and systematically the opportunities and significance, but also the challenges, of democratic education.’

Arja Virta, Professor of History and Social Science Education, Department of Teacher Education, the University of Turku, Finland