NoFa9 – The 9th Nordic Conference on Subject Education
Education, knowledge and Bildung in a global world
May 9–11, 2023 in Vaasa, Finland
Åbo Akademi University and the organizing committee of NOFA9 have the pleasure of inviting you to our Vaasa Campus on May 9–11, 2023, to discuss the main theme of the conference from the viewpoint of different curriculum subjects. We also welcome other topics and research interests specifically related to subject education and didactics. Issues which can be explored include the following:
The themes of NOFA9 relate to education as processes of change on classroom, school and national levels. Processes on classroom level invite students to know more and better through education. The concept of knowledge and what it implies is actively debated, particularly in terms of how knowledge is related to both school subjects and to generic competences. How do we talk about knowledge and what concepts are used? What knowledge and skills will the students need to be prepared for future challenges in a global world? In what ways can schools and classrooms be(come) sites for processes of Bildung and how can such processes be realized through different school subjects or interdisciplinary approaches?
Professional processes on school and national levels invite teachers and teacher students to be involved in shaping the guidelines in the curriculum that define the future educational processes. Who sets the agenda as national and international measurements of schools and knowledge bring forth the tensions between professional teacher freedom and teachers as implementers of educational standards? Can practice-based development in schools and teacher education empower teachers as well as teacher students professionally?
The conference will bring together senior and junior academics, PhD students and teacher educators, to present and discuss research on subject education and teaching. We welcome disciplinary and interdisciplinary contributions from participants from within and outside the Nordic countries. The working language of the conference will be English, but in the paper sessions we welcome presentations in any of the Scandinavian languages.