NordForsk seeks to bridge research and practical teacher training

NordForsk seeks to bridge research and practical teacher training

The research programme “Education for Tomorrow” has entered its second phase. To mark the occasion, NordForsk held a kick-off in Oslo with the theme “Bridging research with practice in the area of teaching and learning in new learning environments”.

Participants at the event included members of the programme’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and the NordForsk-appointed programme committee, in addition to researchers participating in three ongoing projects: Politics of belonging: Promoting children's inclusion in educational settings across borders; Inclusive science teaching in multilingual classrooms – a design study; and Mixed classes and Pedagogical Solutions (MAPS). These projects all received funding under the call in the thematic area, Inclusive Education Across Borders, a joint effort between Nordic and Dutch researchers.

Also present were researchers from the new Nordic Centre of Excellence, Quality in Nordic Teaching (QUINT), which was funded under a call in the area of New Learning and Teaching Environments and Practices. The centre is studying the quality of teaching in Nordic classrooms, student learning and involvement, use of video recordings as effective teacher training tools as well as use of video technology and other digital systems to establish new forms of cooperation between researchers and practitioners.

Director of NordForsk, Arne Flåøyen, started the event by citing some specific examples of how research collaboration in phase one, such as in the Nordic Centre of Excellence Justice through education in the Nordic countries (JustEd), has generated Nordic added value. One example of this is the launch of an online platform to compile research on gender perspectives in teacher training.

Krista Varantola, chair of the Education for Tomorrow programme committee; Mary James, chair of the programme’s Scientific Advisory Board for phase one; and Kay Livingston, chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for phase two, discussed the background for the programme, the scientific experience gained from the first phase and expectations for phase 2. Linda Sontag of the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO) presented the NRO’s activities to support practice-oriented research.

The three research projects are a collaborative effort with the NRO and focus on instruction for children and students with special needs. The new Nordic Centre of Excellence has participants from across the entire Nordic Region and is based in Oslo.

Phase two of the Education for Tomorrow programme will run for a five-year period and will conclude in 2023.

More information about the expectations of project managers and researchers regarding phase two is available in the videos on the right.

For more information about the Education for Tomorrow programme and its second phase, click here.

Text: Jakob Chortsen
Photo: Iiris Tarvonen

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