School and education
In the field of educational sciences, research on education and learning is conducted in close collaboration with undergraduate studies. It looks at learning and teaching among children, young people and adults and involves all forms of schooling from preschool to university studies, but also pedagogical activities outside the education system. The area includes both interdisciplinary and single discipline-research.
Adult learning as an area of research deals with the learning process that takes place in very many different contexts – organised learning in adult education, popular education, higher education, etc, as well as more informal learning in everyday and working life.
Bullying is most often defined as repeated violations of the dignity of a person or a group that is at a disadvantage and has difficulties defending themselves. This can manifest in different ways: physical violence, verbal affronts, the spreading of rumours and social ostracism.
The content, methods and institutional forms of education are designed based on a number of different norms, while education contributes to constructing, changing and consolidating norms and values. In the field of ethics, we study people's moral standpoints.
Assessment research in schooling and education is a field that focuses on studying assessment practices in education settings. Research into grades and assessment takes a broad social science perspective that includes pedagogical, sociological and historical problems.
In research, leadership has numerous definitions. It can be an influence process, the relationship between leader and follower, striving towards common goals, freeing up power or how leadership arises when someone takes the initiative.
Multilingualism tends to be seen as a characteristic in the individual: we “are” either monolingual, bilingual or multilingual. Research provides no clear answer to the question of how well we must speak a second or third language to be considered bilingual or multilingual. Instead,rResearchers at Linköping University have chosen to see multilingualism as a social practice - something we “do” rather than “are”.
Outdoor education and outdoor didactics is an area of knowledge and a working method with focus on education and learning in both school-related and non-school-related contexts where the significance of the location is highlighted.
A pedagogical research perspective means a focus on the work of teachers, the learning and knowledge formation of pupils, and includes an interest in understanding how tuition is effectuated and how it affects the pupils' learning and thinking processes, i.e., the relationship between teaching and learning. Part of this is the knowledge building that takes place in the teacher's work, i.e., how professional skills are developed and established.
There is no uniform definition of play. In a western context, play is often associated with children's activities and is considered important to their development. The research conducted in the 1900s into children's play often had an adult and utilitarian perspective. The function of play was the focus, rather than its content. In more recent research, play research has more clearly adapted a child's perspective and is studied in context, whereby the content has become more important.
Change can be discussed in different ways. One way is to focus on strategic mechanisms of change. Another is to use metaphors and theories to improve our understanding of what is actually taking place. A third is to study processes of change and how we build knowledge together with the participants; this is known as practice research.
Special needs education is a multidisciplinary area of knowledge which takes perspectives, theories and methods from fields such as pedagogy, psychology, sociology, disability research, cognitive science and communication sciences. The field of special needs education focuses on the theory, knowledge building and learning as well as on organisation and activities.
Research on subject-based teaching and learning is based on three questions: what will the education entail, how will this content be made available to the pupil and why should certain content be taught in a certain manner.
The interplay between pupils and between teachers and pupils in the classroom is crucial to education and learning. Creating a sound working climate can be a challenge for teachers. There is extensive international research in this area. Much of it is gathered under the term Classroom Management (CM).
Research into teacher education and the relationship between teaching and the pupils' learning processes is extensive. Some researchers divide this research into three different phases, from seeing education as a matter of a practical exercise to seeing it as a matter of learning and finally an educational matter focusing on issues of efficiency and quality.
Linköping University offers courses to teachers in preschool, leisure-time centre, primary/lower secondary school, upper-secondary school as well as to special needs teachers, special needs educators and folk high school teachers.
A number of master's programmes (both 60 credits and 120 credits) on both national and international levels are linked to these teacher education programmes. Our courses have strong links with research.
Last updated: Tue Sep 16 14:41:44 CEST 2014