The primary goal of Centre for Studies of Educational Practice (SePU) is to initiate and carry out research and development work in connection with compulsory education. SePU stands today as a national leader in the translation and application of research-based knowledge in the field of practice. SePU as a research group has special competence about learning environments and professional learning communities in kindergartens and schools.
The research at SePU is fully financed by external funding such as that from the Research Council of Norway, the Ministry of Education in Norway, the Ministry of Education in Denmark, the Norwegian Directorate of Education and Training, the AP Møller fund in Denmark, and local authorities in Norway and Denmark. We also collaborate with other research institutions in Norway, Sweden and Denmark for many of our projects, during both the application phase as well as the conducting of the projects. SePU is organized as a part of the HUAS and has access to all infrastructure at the host institution.
SePU’s primary strategy is to use development projects in schools and kindergartens to collect data. This data is used to develop research-‐based knowledge, and the data is also given back to the practice field through web portals where they can analyze their own results to improve their own practice. We now have data sets with up to 70,000 informants and a large number of variables that we can analyze and gain knowledge from.