The Science Education research group focuses on how children learn science through inquiry and use of concepts, language and other representations, as well as how education facilitates and strengthens this learning. Furthermore, research is about how school science can contribute to interdisciplinary topics such as sustainable development, public health and life skills and democracy and citizenship.
The research group profiles itself with issues close to practice and with supplementing research in science education from different points of view. The group has active collaborative projects with OsloMet, USN, UiT, HVL in Norway and with colleagues in several countries, including Malmö University in Sweden, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences and HZ University of Applied Sciences, Vlissingen in the Netherlands and Philipps-Universität Marburg in Germany. The research group's ambition is to strengthen the national and international profile in science didactics - partly by utilizing ongoing national and international collaborative projects, and partly by using these to apply for new projects.
Studying children's learning of science in kindergarten and school is an important research topic not only in Norway, but in most countries. The group's research projects can be seen in the light of the UN's sustainability goal 4 on high quality education. This applies both nationally and internationally through an ambition to develop knowledge about education and inquiry-based science teaching, contributing to learning outcomes for children, young people and adults. Furthermore, research in the field could contribute to more future citizens participating more actively and knowledge-seeking in debates related to health (such as the corona situation) and sustainable development.
Anders Jacobsen, professor of science education at Malmö University, was hired at Norway University of Applied Sciences Search in the spring of 2021 as professor II and will support the work in the research group.
Current reserach projects:
- Inclusive science teaching in multilingual classrooms - a design study | NordForsk
- SciTalk - Natural Science in Everyday Conversations in Preservice Teacher’s Education - Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (hvl.no)
- BRIDGES research project - Universitetet i Sørøst-Norge (usn.no)