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Lectures / 20/04/2009 7:30 pm

Open Space?
Programmbild Open Space?

How school has become what it is. The historical and economic foundations of the modern school system

On the threshold from the industrial society to the knowledge society the school system is increasingly exposed to pressure to justify itself. Criticism is mounting that school as a system is out of touch with the development of society. The system is regularly being made a scapegoat by mainstream media clamouring for its reform. What we tend to forget is that the school system has developed into what it is today in response to specific societal and economic framework conditions. What parts of the role that the school system is playing today need to reevaluated and possibly redesigned in light of the fundamental changes society as a whole is undergoing at present? Which of its historically defined functions are still part of the school system’s mission? This retrospective analysis focuses on the future potential of what is perhaps the most important of our social institutions.

In cooperation with "I LIKE TO MOVE IT MOVE IT"


  • Gerstner, Hans-Peter / Wetz, Martin: Einführung in die Theorie der Schule. Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, Darmstadt 2008. ISBN 978-3534175253.
  • Musolff, Hans-Ulrich / Hellekamps, Stephanie: Die Bildung und die Sachen. Peter Lang, Frankfurt 2003. ISBN 978-3631399422.
  • Schirlbauer, Alfred: Im Schatten des pädagogischen Eros. Sonderzahl, Wien 1996. ISBN 978-3854490852.


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20/04/2009 7:30 pm
Lecturer: Ines Maria Breinbauer
Host: Christine Haiden


Programmbild Open Space?