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Johannes Westberg

Title: Professor School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

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Johannes Westberg

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About Johannes Westberg

Johannes Westberg is professor of education at Örebro University. Westberg organizes the Nordic Network for History of Education, is a member of the editorial team of Nordic Journal of Educational History, corresponding member of the editorial board of History of Education, and member of the international advisory board of Paedagogica Historica.

Research
Westberg has, since finishing his Phd on the history of early care and education in Sweden (2008), conducted research that has dealt with the content of education as well as the social, economic and cultural context of education. Westberg has paid special attention to the history of schooling and pre-primary education (kindergartens, infant schools, crèches), and covered issues relating to the social and economic history of education; school finance; material culture, school architecture; teachers, teachers' salary and livelihoods, and the teacher profession; discipline and governmentalities; educational borrowing and educational transfer.

Westberg has published more than 50 book chapters and articles, the latter in journals including History of Education, Paedagogica Historica, Scandinavian Journal of History and IJHE Bildungsgeschichte, and been editor and co-editor of more than 10 edited books and special issues, including the text book Utbildningens historia – en introduktion [History of Education – An Introduction] (3 ed. 2019), and School Acts and the Rise of Mass Schooling (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). He has also written two monographs: Att bygga ett skolväsende (Nordic Academic Press, 2014, 445 pp.) and  Funding the Rise of Mass Schooling (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, 242 pp). A short CV of my range of activities and a full publication list is available here>>


Current and recent projects
Westberg has previously led projects on the history of school finance and educational journals, funded mainly by grants from Swedish Research Council and Handelsbankens forskningsstiftelser. He currently leads the project “How did education policy shape the race towards mass education? A comparative perspective based on France, Italy, Spain and Sweden, c. 1840–1940” (Swedish Research Council, 2017-2021), and conducts research on early twentieth-century Swedish kindergartens and the expanding sector of early care and education in Sweden 1970-2000. He is also co-investigator in two additional projects funded by the Swedish Science Research Council.

Professional activities (a selection)
  • Coordinator of the Nordic Network on History of Education (2008-)
  • Editorial team at Nordic Journal of Educational History (2015-)
  • International Scientific Committee of Rivista di storia dell’educazione (2017-)
  • Correspondent editorial board, History of Education (2018-)
  • International Advisory Board, Paedagogica Historica (2018-)
  • Scientific Committee of ISCHE, Berlin (2018), Porto (2019)
  • Referensgrupp för Sjunde Nordiska utbildningshistoriska konferensen, Trondheim (2018)
  • Scientific committee of the conference “Training programs and geographical mobilities: models, tools and strategies”, Bourdeaux (2019)

Research Projects

Publications

Publications

Articles in journals |  Articles, book reviews |  Books |  Chapters in books |  Collections (editor) |  Conference papers |  Other | 

Articles in journals

Westberg, J. & Cappelli, G. (2019). Divergent paths to mass schooling at Europe’s poles?: Regional differences in Italy and Sweden, 1840-1900. IJHE Bildungsgeschichte, 9 (1), 11-28.
Westberg, J. (2018). Source materials are not the past: Celebrating historians’ work in archives. IJHE Bildungsgeschichte, 8 (2), 208-212.
Westberg, J. , Incirci, A. , Paksuniemi, M. & Turunen, T. (2018). State formation and the rise of elementary education at the periphery of Europe: The cases of Finland and Turkey 1860-1930. Journal of Educational Administration & History, 50 (3), 133-144.
Westberg, J. (2017). Folkskolestadgan 175 år: Vad innebar den?. Vägval i skolans historia (4), 1-7.
Sjögren, D. & Westberg, J. (2016). Notes from the Editors. Nordic Journal of Educational History, 3 (2), 1-2.

Articles, book reviews

Westberg, J. (2019). Review of: UNESCO's Utopia of Lifelong Learning: An Intellectual History. Historical Studies in Education, 31 (1), 143-145.
Westberg, J. (2018). Dorena Caroli: “Day nurseries and childcare in Europe". IJHE Bildungsgeschichte, 8 (1), 98-100.
Westberg, J. (2017). Recension av: Den svenska skolgårdens historia: Skolans utemiljö som pedagogiskt och socialt rum. Bebyggelsehistorisk tidskrift (74), 137-139.
Westberg, J. (2017). Review of: Marcelo Caruso (Ed.): Classroom Struggle: An important contribution. IJHE Bildungsgeschichte, 7 (1), 100-102.
Westberg, J. (2016). Review of: Pædagogprofessionens historie og aktualitet. 1 & 2. Nordic Journal of Educational History, 3 (2), 64-67.

Books

Chapters in books

Westberg, J. (2018). Beyond the Educational Visions of the State: The Construction of School Buildings in Rural Nineteenth-Century Sweden. In: Ian Grosvenor, Lisa Rosén Rasmussen, Making Education: Material School Design and Educational Governance (pp. 95-117). Cham: Springer Publishing Company.
Westberg, J. (2018). Ellen Catharina Moberg: 1874-12-06 — 1955-07-20. Förskolepionjär, barnträdgårdsledare. In: Larsson, Lisbeth; Sjöberg, Maria, et al., Svenskt kvinnobiografiskt lexikon. Göteborg: Göteborgs universitet.
Westberg, J. (2018). Maria Elisabeth Moberg: 1877-04-04 — 1948-12-16. Förskolepionjär, barnträdgårdsledare. In: Larsson, Lisbeth; Sjöberg, Maria, et al., Svenskt kvinnobiografiskt lexikon. Göteborg: Göteborgs universitet.
Berg, A. , Larsson, E. & Westberg, J. (2017). Att studera omvälvande förändringar. In: Anne Berg, Esbjörn Larsson, Madeleine Michaëlsson, Johannes Westberg & Andreas Åkerlund, Utbildningens revolutioner: Till studiet av utbildningshistorisk förändring (pp. 13-18). Uppsala: Uppsala universitet.
Westberg, J. (2017). En förskola för alla?: Rationaliteten bakom den svenska förskolans expansion. In: Anne Berg, Esbjörn Larsson, Madeleine Michaëlsson, Johannes Westberg & Andreas Åkerlund, Utbildningens revolutioner: Till studiet av utbildningshistorisk förändring (pp. 211-232). Uppsala: Uppsala universitet.
Westberg, J. (2016). In the Name of Froebel: Fundraising for Kindergartens in Sweden, 1890-1945. In: Helen May, Kristen D. Nawrotzki & Larry Prochner, Kindergarten Narratives on Froebelian Education: Transnational Investigations (pp. 67-80). London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Collections (editor)

Tröhler, D. (ed.) , Westberg, J. (ed.) & Berg, A. (ed.) (2017). Physical Education and the embodiment of the nation. Umeå: Umeå universitet (Nordic Journal of Educational History Vol.4:2).
Westberg, J. (ed.) , Larsson, E. (ed.) , Berg, A. (ed.) , Michaëlsson, M. (ed.) & Åkerlund, A. (ed.) (2017). Utbildningens revolutioner: Till studiet av utbildningshistorisk förändring. Uppsala: Uppsala Studies of History and Education (SHED) (Utbildningshistoriska meddelanden 5).
Sjögren, D. (ed.) & Westberg, J. (ed.) (2016). Nordic Journal of Educational History: Volume 3, Number 2, Autumn 2016. Umeå: Umeå University.

Conference papers

Westberg, J. (2018). A jack of all trades?: Rural teachers’ livelihood diversification and the rise of mass schooling in the nineteenth century Sweden. Paper presented at Seventh Nordic Conference on the History of Education, Trondheim, Norway, September 19-20, 2018.
Westberg, J. (2018). A school in constant crisis?: The democratization, decentralization and marketization of schooling in Sweden. Paper presented at Nordic Education in a Democratically Troublesome Time - Threats and Opportunities, Örebro, Sweden, October 30-31, 2018.
Westberg, J. (2018). Brokers between teachers and the resources of nature?: The role of family and village in nineteenth century school funding. Paper presented at 40th annual conference of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE 40), Berlin, Germany, August 29 - September 1, 2018.
Westberg, J. (2018). Decentralization in a Swedish nineteenth century setting: The role of local school districts in the rise of mass schooling. Paper presented at 40th annual conference of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE 40), Berlin, Germany, August 29 - September 1, 2018.
Westberg, J. (2018). Folkskoleseminariets och folkskollärarnas historia. Paper presented at Lärarutbildningen 175 år, Karlstads universitet, Karlstad, Sweden, November 30, 2018.
Westberg, J. & Larsson, E. (2018). The Child as a Voucher?: The Marketization of the Swedish Preschools. Paper presented at 40th annual conference of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE 40), Berlin, Germany, August 29 - September 1, 2018.
Westberg, J. (2018). The school act of 1842 and the rise of mass schooling in Sweden. Paper presented at Twelfth European Social Science History conference (ESSHC 2018), Belfast, Northern Ireland, April 4-7, 2018.
Westberg, J. , Sjögren, D. & Landahl, J. (2018). Varför krisar i skolan?: Kontinuitet och forändring i den svenska skolkrisdebatten 1950-2020. Paper presented at Seventh Nordic Conference on the History of Education, Trondheim, Norway, September 19-20, 2018.
Westberg, J. (2017). A Materialist Turn in Educational History?: The New Social and Economic History of Education. Paper presented at Celebration, Commemoration and Collaboration: Milestones in the History of Education. History of Education Society 50th Anniversary Conference, Winchester, UK, November 10-12, 2017.
Westberg, J. (2017). Building Preschools for a Society in Transition: The Sociological, Psychological and Educational Design of Swedish Preschools in the 1970s. Paper presented at 9th Biennial SHCY Conference (SHCY 2017), Rutgers University, Camden, USA, June 21-23, 2017.
Westberg, J. (2017). How was the rise of mass schooling funded?: The local, national and international history of school finance in Sweden, 1840-1900. Paper presented at Critical Research of Education: Long term historical trajectories and Europe, The Annual Gustaf Vasa Seminar, Jyväskylä, Finland, May 22–24, 2017.
Westberg, J. (2017). Revolution eller reform?: Folkskolestadgan, skolorna och skolhusen. Paper presented at Svenska historikermötet, Sundsvall, Sweden, May 10–12, 2017.
Westberg, J. (2017). Simple beginnings?: The school act of 1842 and the rise of mass schooling in Sweden. Paper presented at School Acts, the Rise of Mass Schooling and the Emerging Nation States during the Long Nineteenth Century, Uppsala, Sweden, October 12-13, 2017.
Westberg, J. (2017). Virtues and vices: Decentralized education systems, centralization and the rise of mass schooling 1840–1940. Paper presented at Education and Society: A workshop on the Social, Cultural and Economic History of Education, Uppsala, Sweden, October 11, 2017.
Westberg, J. (2016). Creating gendered bodies in the service of the nation: Girls physical education according to the Swedish pioneer Anton Santesson. Paper presented at International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE 38), Chicago, USA, August 17-20, 2016.
Westberg, J. (2016). How could a teacher survive on a salary consisting of 8 barrels of grains and 53 riksdaler 16 skilling in cash? : A question answered. Paper presented at German Educational Research Association (GERA) Congress, Kassel, Germany, March 13-16, 2016.
Westberg, J. (2016). Thrifty or fair?: The economic thinking of Swedish school districts, 1840-1900. Paper presented at 11th European Social Science History Conference, Valencia, Spain, March 30 - April 2, 2016.

Other

Westberg, J. & Prytz, J. (2018). Farliga föreställningar präglar debatt om skolan. Stockholm, Sweden: Svenska Dagbladet AB & Co..