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Course: Children experience school as a lifeworld

Theory of the school lifeworld

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Semester: 9



School is to be understood as a lifeworld and place where children experience systems and figurations of values, rules, autonomy, and togetherness. School cultures reflect the relationship between individualisation and community. This course introduces theories of school, the history of ideas of modern education, and concepts of educational governance.

  • Discourses on school and school theories (including instituetics, school and change, right to education, foundation on evidence)
  • Understand and compare school systems: Development and structure of the Austrian school system in the national and international context (including multi-level system of schools, functions of educational standards and assessments, evidence in the school system)
  • Aspects of school autonomy (including structural models, international context)
  • Dimensions of school, teaching, and quality development (including orientation frameworks and evaluation such as Q.I.S., QIBB, SQA, Q2E, foundation on evidence and orientation)
  • School as a lifeworld and as a learning organisation (including leadership and school management, leadership culture, school programme and profile building, professional learning communities, school of diversity, current developments and reforms in the school system, and reflection on school experiences)
  • School culture, school ethos, and school climate (including school as an our world and we world)
  • Aspects of professional learning communities
  • Legal frameworks and legal relationships
  • Development of a reflexive–researching attitude: Methods of international comparative school system research, methods of competency assessment and scientific research using the example of school systems, school development, and assessments.

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