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Call for papers on (Subject) Education,
knowledge and
Bildung in a global world


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 mediators of educational standards? Can practice-based development in schools and teacher education empower teachers as well as teacher students professionally? Processes on classroom level invite students to know more and better through education sometimes understood as processes of Bildung. How can teachers and students work together with different school subjects or interdisciplinary approaches and address topics that relate to an open and yet undefined future?

Following the themes of the Nordic Conference on Subject Education (NOFA) 9 we invite PhD students, researchers, teacher students and practitioners to submit scientific papers related to the topics of the conference. Article languages are English, Swedish, or Finnish. Article length is 20 pages (including references and additional materials) and should follow APA (7th edition) referencing style. All articles should include a title, an abstract (1000 characters) and 3–5 keywords in English. All submissions will undergo double-blind peer-review. Accepted articles will be published online in the journal Suomen ainedidaktinen tutkimusseura/Samfundet för ämnesdidaktisk forskning i Finland.

For examples see previous papers here. A word template will be available in May 2023. We require two versions of your paper, a blind version with all identifiers removed, in addition to your full paper. Please send two versions of the article, and possible additional materials in separate files, to nofa9@abo.fi. Please suggest two reviewers for your submission in your email. Editors of the conference publication are Charlotta Hilli and Nina Mård from Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Questions can be addressed to charlotta.hilli@abo.fi 

Deadline for article submission, 2nd of October 2023 
Publication of articles, June 2024 



Updated 4.10.2022