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Educational Dimensions of School Buildings

Edited By Jan Bengtsson

In all modern societies almost everyone of their citizens have spent many years in school buildings, and the largest professional group in modern societies, teachers, is working every day during the working year in school buildings. In spite of this, we know surprisingly little about the influence of school buildings on the people who use them and their activities. What do school buildings do with their users and what do users do with the buildings? In this book seven scholars from the Scandinavian countries discuss and use different theoretical perspectives to illuminate the relationship between school buildings and their users.


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Jan Bengtsson is a professor at the Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He has developed a life-world phenomenological research approach for educational and human studies. He was the founder of the Nordic Society for Philosophy of Education and its president for the first ten years. He is visiting professor at the University of Agder in Norway and has also been visiting professor at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and the University of Oslo, Norway. His current research is focused on the practice of pedagogical professions. His book publications include Sammanflätningar: Husserls och Merleau-Pontys fenomenologi [Inter- twinings: Husserl’s and Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology] (several editions), Den fenomenologiska rörelsen i Sverige [The phenomenological movement in Sweden] (1991), Allmänmetodik, allmändidaktik [General methodology, general didactics], co-authored with Tomas Kroksmark (1993), Fenomenologiska ut- flykter [Phenomenological excursions] (1998), Med livsvärlden som grund [With the life-world as point of departure] (several editions), Utmaningar i filosofisk pedagogik [Challenges in philosophy of education] (2004), Å forske i sykdoms- og pleieerfaringer [Researching experiences of illness and care] (2006), Fenomenologi och arkitektur [Phenomenology and architecture], special issue of Nordisk Arkitekturforskning (7/1, 1994), co-edited with Finn Werne. Patrick Bjurström was trained as an architect at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Between 1970–1999 he was employed/co- owner of ORIGO/Höjer & Ljungqvist Architects. In 2004, he was awarded a PhD at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm with the thesis Att förstå skolbyggnader [Understanding school buildings]. He is currently...

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