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Geographies of Schooling

  • This open access book describes the complex inter-dependency between education and space in different scales and different theoretical perspectives

  • Deals with schooling in a clearly geographical, but at the same time interdisciplinary and international dimension

  • Covers quantitative and qualitative methodologies

Part of the book series: Knowledge and Space (KNAS, volume 14)

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Geographies of Schooling: An Introduction

    • Caroline Kramer, Holger Jahnke
    Pages 1-16Open Access
  3. National School Systems in Transition

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 95-95
    2. Changing Structures and the Role of Education in the Development of the Educational System in Czechia

      • Silvie Rita Kučerová, Kateřina Trnková, Petr Meyer
      Pages 125-144Open Access
    3. Securing Indigenous Dispossession Through Education: An Analysis of Canadian Curricula and Textbooks

      • Laura Schaefli, Anne Godlewska, Christopher Lamb
      Pages 145-161Open Access
  4. Small Schools Versus Large Schools in Their Local Context

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 177-177
    2. Small Rural Schools in Austria: Potentials and Challenges

      • Andrea Raggl
      Pages 251-263Open Access
  5. Schools in and for Society

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 279-279
    2. Schools, Families, and Social Reproduction

      • Sarah L. Holloway, Helena Pimlott-Wilson
      Pages 281-296Open Access

About this book

This open access book explores the complex relationship between schooling as a set of practices embedded in educational institutions and their specific spatial dimensions from different disciplinary perspectives. It presents innovative empirical and conceptual research by international scholars from the fields of social geography, pedagogy, educational and social sciences in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Czechia, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Norway and Canada. The book covers a broad range of topics, all examined from a spatial perspective: the governance of schooling, the transition processes of and within national school systems, the question of small schools in peripheral areas as well as the embeddedness of schooling in broader processes of social change. Transcending disciplinary boundaries, the book offers deep insights into current theoretical debates and empirical case studies within the broad research field encompassing the complex relationship between education and space.


  • Open access
  • Geography of education and learning
  • Social geography
  • Educational governance
  • School systems
  • Spatial governance of schooling
  • Education and space
  • Education landscapes and territories
  • National school systems
  • Spatial planning
  • Rural schools
  • School and neighborhood
  • urban geography and urbanism

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Geography, Europa-University Flensburg, Flensburg, Germany

    Holger Jahnke

  • Institute of Geography and Geoecology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany

    Caroline Kramer

  • Department of Geography, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany

    Peter Meusburger

About the editors

Holger Jahnke is Professor of Geography and Geography Education at Europa-Universität Flensburg and speaker of the Geography of Education working group within the German Geographical Society (DGfG). He works within the field of geography of education, focusing his research and teaching on education and its relationship with spatial development and migration. Most recently, he has researched the role of education in local transformation processes, especially in rural and peripheral areas. Holger Jahnke has used his studies of geography, French, and Italian to teach and carry out research in several European countries as well as in Ghana, Colombia, and Bangladesh.

Caroline Kramer is Professor of Human Geography at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Her research interests include the geography of education, population and urban geography, as well as time geography associated with mobility and multi-local living. She is particularly interested in the meaning that small schools have for communities in which they are located. Her most recent work deals with spatial and temporal justice in cities, focusing especially on temporal inhabitants and multi-local living arrangements. She is currently chief editor of the journal Berichte. Geographie und Landeskunde and serves as board member in two German non-university research institutes in regional science.

Peter Meusburger (1942-2017) was Distinguished Senior Professor of Social and Economic Geography at Heidelberg University. His main research interests were spatial and social disparities of educational achievement; the nexus between knowledge and space; milieus of creativity; relations between knowledge and power; spatial “mobility” of knowledge; knowledge and economic performance; and related fields. Peter Meusburger held a Ph.D. in geography from Innsbruck University in Austria. Between 1983 and 2007 he held the chair of Social and Economic Geography at Heidelberg University. He served Heidelberg University as Dean and Prorector and was president of the Association of German Geographers from 2001 to 2003.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Geographies of Schooling

  • Editors: Holger Jahnke, Caroline Kramer, Peter Meusburger

  • Series Title: Knowledge and Space

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-18798-9Published: 26 November 2019

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-18801-6Published: 11 September 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-18799-6Published: 21 August 2019

  • Series ISSN: 1877-9220

  • Series E-ISSN: 2543-0580

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 359

  • Number of Illustrations: 27 b/w illustrations, 35 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Human Geography, School and Schooling, Urban Sociology, Sociology

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)