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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.


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.

More about the importance of teacher competence

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

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.

More about the project “Youth, vulnerability and school”

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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Youth, violence and exposure

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.

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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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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

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

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.

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

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