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Focus on Learning, Leadership and Health

Our research addresses issues related to learning and the content of teaching in school, but also what digital technology means for our learning and how well grades predict future academic success. We also focus on issues such as sustainable development, health, educational planning and the organisation of schools.

The Swedish Research Council, the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, Formas, Forte and several other organisations are funding large parts of our research activities.

Read below about the externally funded major research project underway at the Faculty.


The Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS)

LinCS is a strong research environment that has received funding from for example the Swedish Research Council since 2006.

Around 70 people are affiliated with LinCS, of whom almost half are PhD students. The research focuses on issues concerning the relation between learning and new media, in particular how digital technologies and digital media are changing how knowledge and information circulate in society as well as the implications of this development for learning at individual and collective level. The research projects encompass studies of learning in educational environments – in a variety of fields and subject areas – in health care, business and industry, virtual environments and the world of design.

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The Renaissance of Popular Education in the Suburbs

The project explores the background and emergence of new forms of social and political organisations and movements created by young people in the suburbs. The studied organisations assign central importance to knowledge and learning.

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Changed Opportunities for Learning

This project explores the changes in Swedish schoolchildren’s results in international performance assessments in the 1990s and onwards. A great variation in performance can be observed in various subjects, along with an overall decline over time. The project aims to investigate the reasons for this.

More about changed opportunities for learning

The Importance of Teacher Competence for Student Performance

Since the mid-90s, the school segregation has increased in Sweden, in terms of both performance and families’ socioeconomic factors and migration background. The project explores how the formal teacher competence in reading and mathematics is distributed across schools and in relation to children’s expected needs. The effects of teacher competence in reading and mathematics on student performance are also studied.

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Youth, vulnerability and school

The project addresses the interest in studying how pupils in elementary school describe and experience situations where physical and psychological violence occurs in the school environment.
The project hopes to contribute with new knowledge about gender, violence and vulnerability in school and how school staff can handle these types of questions.

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Improved Health Care in Hybrid Operating Rooms

The emergence of hybrid operating rooms combines the methods of image-guided minimally invasive procedures and more traditional open surgery.
The project wants to optimise the routines for radiation protection and thereby minimise the risks associated with exposure to ionic radiation. It also wants to generate more general knowledge about how effective and safe routines for treatments involving medical imaging can be developed.

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Consequences of Individualised Teaching

What effects have increased ability grouping and individualisation of teaching practices had on schoolchildren’s performance and motivation in the last 50 years?

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What Can You Learn in Ethics?

Swedish schoolchildren are currently given national tests in ethics within the subject area of religious studies. The project explores the conception of ethical competence conveyed through the national tests and the national curriculum in relation to other possible conceptions of ethical competence.

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The Flipped Classroom

What happens to the teaching and learning when the teacher sends the pupils or students a video lecture before they show up for a corresponding class session? A project that explores how pedagogical methods are developed as new technologies become available.

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School as a Crime Scene

The juridification of young people as victims and perpetrators in school. Studies by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention show that school is the environment in which Swedish youth most commonly are exposed or expose others to violence. This is particularly notable in lower secondary school.

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About Seeing the Plants

The inability to acknowledge plants is widespread. But plants are the very foundation of life on Earth. The project wants to contribute to an increased understanding of which tools future teachers need in order to reduce their students’ ‘plant blindness’.

More about ‘plant blindness’

School Health Services in Practice

School health services play a key role in creating knowledge about and supporting children in vulnerable situations through active preventive work to promote good health on equal terms for all children and young people. Nevertheless, we know very little about how the work is organised in practice. The purpose of the project is to contribute to the development of knowledge about how schools can achieve equality in health for all children and young people regardless of disability and social and ethnic background.

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The Role of Teacher Qualifications for Learning

The project explores among other things the effects of teachers from different teacher education programmes on schoolchildren’s reading skills and the effect of relevant teacher education on schoolchildren’s performance in different subject and on schoolchildren with different social backgrounds.

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Constructive Conflict Management in School

The school environment is filled with human interaction, and also a fair amount of conflict. To what extent do teachers’ preconceptions and strategies regarding early-stage conflicts support or interfere with schoolchildren’s learning?

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The First Ten Numbers

How can the teaching in preschool be developed to stimulate children’s arithmetic development? A project about discerning the part-whole relationships among the first ten numbers from new theoretical and methodological perspectives.

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Focus on the Rural Youth

Few studies have focused on education and life in general among young people in Swedish rural areas. The project explores similarities and differences between this group and their urban counterparts when it comes to their view of education and participation in society.

More about the rural youth


Youth, Violence and Vulnerability

The focus of the proposed study is on students’ perceptions and experiences of different forms of violence and harassment in the schools, and what kind of support they desire from school officials

More about Youth, violence and vulnerability

Migration to and from Higher Education Institutions

Higher education institutions in the less populated areas of Sweden are expected to attract non-traditional students and thereby help raise people’s level of education and increase equality. Moreover, the students are expected to remain in the region after completing their studies. But are these visions realistic?

More about the mobility of graduates


Two Decades of Reforms of Swedish Upper Secondary Education

The opportunity to freely choose a school in a decentralised, increasingly market-oriented, educational system has been introduced since the 1990s. This project explores the consequences of the reforms with respect to resources, recruitment and results in upper secondary school as well as knowledge, abilities and skills in adult life.

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Mapping Controversies Digitally

How can schools and teachers deal with the scientific knowledge that is in a state of constant motion and revision? How can young people be prepared for a citizenship where they will be able to approach and consider a large number of complex issues? The project studies the introduction of digital methods for mapping socio-scientific problems in upper secondary school.

More about using digital methods to map controversies

Develops a theory about play-based didaktik

One of the challenges for today's preschool is how to organize for children's learning in the context of play and theme-based activity, that is, how to design a play-based didactics for preschool.
The purpose of the project is primarily to develop a teaching theory for preschool.

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Online instructional videos and learning of practical skills

The project investigates how people in everyday life learn practical skills using instructional videos on the Internet.
The online instructional video is a new phenomenon with features that distinguish it from its predecessors. This is linked to key questions about the nature of knowledge and the concrete learning conditions of practical learning.

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About Online Knowledge Exchange in a Programming Group

The project looks at what knowledge there is in an online programming group. The purpose is to understand how network societies contribute to the development of expertise.

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Relating to Body, Health and Weight

The project aims to analyse – with PE and Health teachers – existing challenges of including students with different body shapes and weights. The goal is to contribute to critical reflection and pedagogical renewal in school subject PE and Health by collaborating with teachers to develop ways of working that include different types of bodies and identities.

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About Developing Assessor Competence

One of the most important areas of responsibility for teachers is assessment of students in the shape of overall judgments or grades. This is because grades and judgments have great consequences for students’ continued education choices. The project looks at whether and how newly examined language teachers develop when it comes to summative assessor competence.

More about language teachers’ assessor competence

Health-Promoting School Development

It is well known that there is a clear connection between learning and health, where students who are well learn better, and vice versa; better learning contributes positively to students’ health and wellbeing at school and later on in life.
To successfully develop optimal strategies for increased goal achievement and greater wellbeing for students, the project maps and analyses 145 locally initiated development projects around the country that aim to improve schools’ work with developed student health and a health-promoting school development. The Swedish National Agency for Education has advertised grants for this in three rounds.

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Education and Integration of Young New Arrivals

The distribution of new arrivals in Sweden has been very uneven. During the refugee wave of 2015, for instance, sparsely populated municipalities received a disproportionate number of refugees. The project looks at how rural schools have received them, and what it has meant for the schools’ operations and education, as well as for the integration of the new arrivals.

More about education and integration of young new arrivals in rural areas

How the Very Youngest Learn Maths

1 – 3-year-olds’ basic arithmetic competence is rarely purposely stimulated in preschool. This in spite of the fact that early experiences have been shown to be able to give great long-term effects. The project wants to identify successful education in the area.

More about changed opportunities for learning

Sustainable Development and Inequality

Humanity faces enormous challenges. Education for sustainable development has been given increased political priority, and is described as a crucial instrument for achieving global development goals. But are rich and poor people educated to be ‘sustainable’ in different ways? The project looks at whether this is the case, and if so, how.

More about development and inequality

A School for People Who Are Different

The project wants to increase understanding of why schools’ work with students with special educational needs often has negative effects for individual students’ opportunities to succeed at school, despite the ambition being the opposite. Focus is on what teaching in special teaching groups is like for children with special educational needs.

More about a school for people who are different


See or Count?

New research shows that students can get stuck in counting strategies that they learn early on. The project looks at an idea of how students in year one understand and develop knowledge about addition and subtraction using the Make 10 Strategy.

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Teacher's digital work - (in)balance between demands and support?

School digitization changes teachers’ work. This project aims to identify possibilities and constraints of teachers’ digital work by focusing on instances where there are pronounced differences between demands and support. This project focuses on the Swedish context, but will be conducted in collaboration with an existing Australian study.

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