25 million NOK to new Nordic Centre of Excellence

By on 21.02.2018 in Funding
Professor Kirsti Klette. Foto: Alex Tufte

Professor Kirsti Klette. Foto: Alex Tufte

What does good teaching look like in the Nordic classrooms today? Teaching quality is the focal point for the new Nordic Centre of Excellence starting in 2018 at the University of Oslo. Professor Kirsti Klette will be leading the programme called QUINT ‘Quality in Nordic Teaching’.

In what way does teaching make a difference to student learning and engagement? And what is the influence of digital support in the classrooms? These are some of the questions that the QUINT researchers hope to answer in the upcoming programme.

Often Nordic welfare states and their educational systems are described as homogeneous, but studies indicate that there are significant differences when researchers observe the practices of teachers and interactions in classrooms. There is a need for systematic and comparative research efforts to go deeper and broader into these patterns that also take into account the changing landscape of Nordic schools, such as the digitalization of learning processes and a stronger multicultural profile.

QUINT addresses these issues by bringing together excellent researchers from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. By doing large and small scale video-studies of classrooms at grades 5-7/8-10 and by logging on-line interactions they will be in a position to produce new insights into what characterizes teaching quality in Nordic classrooms.

The QUINT programme will receive a total of roughly NOK 25 million by Nordforsk. All in all, Nordforsk received 10 grant applications, that were assessed by international experts.  The Nordic Centre of Excellence is funded by Academy of Finland, The Swedish Research Council, The Research Council of Norway, The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture (Iceland), Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education and NordForsk.

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Nordforsk funding to new Nordic Centre of Excellence
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About the Author: Charlotta Järf is in charge of the communications and marketing activities for JustEd, The Nordic Centre of Excellence, an international research network with 14 partner universities in 8 countries. With ten years of professional experience in Communications and Marketing, and five years as a TV, radio and newspaper journalist, Charlotta has a practical set of skills in strategical communications, PR, social media, graphic design, video and content production. .


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