Welcome to Tampere for the 39th FERA Conference on Education on 15-16 November 2018!
The theme of the conference is Virtue, Truth and Beauty in Education. Virtue, truth, and beauty are the timeless intrinsic values of education as well as foundations of valuable life. Education is always interwoven with the prevailing perceptions, ideologies, ideals, and power relations of its time. Therefore, the value perspective of education develops within the different periods and particularities of different societies and prevailing ideological perceptions. The environments and technology of education are, for their part, inseparable from aesthetic values. In spite of the varying interpretations of value, the task of education begins anew with each child and this basic situation is a given in all communities at all times.
The task of education is to create hope and trust in the value and significance of life. The goal of education requires an understanding of what humans are and what they are like, what we consider valuable in human growth, and from what grounds and which sources this value is determined. Each generation must resolve their relationship with the problem of humanity and construe their relationship to the essence of education: virtue, truth and beauty. Our time has to reflect on the issues related to valuable human life in the midst of global vicious problems. What challenges do these problems pose on education? At the FERA Conference on Education, we will discuss these challenges and try to find solutions to them.
The picture on the website is of Tuisku Jarva’s and Juulia Järvistö’s work Syvällä (2017), photograph Miia Collanus.