NORSED: Nordic Science Education Network

This network aims to advance research and research training in science education in the Nordic countries, and to develop research with a genuine Nordic profile that attends to cultural issues of relevance in our school systems and educational traditions.

Science education research deals with the teaching and learning of the natural and life sciences in a wide sense. It draws on the natural sciences themselves, pedagogy, psychology, anthropology, sociology and philosophy.

Research investigates teaching methods and teaching resources, the nature and history of scientific knowledge, how students learn and what motivates them for learning, recruitment, young people’s attitudes to science and scientists, as well as how teacher education can be improved to enhance pupils' learning and motivation.

It also covers the broader aims of education, such as how science education can contribute to sustainable development, and how science can form an important component of citizenship in a democratic perspective.

The Nordic countries have had a rapid growth in number of researchers and PhD students in science education. However, many of these are situated in small research groups and work with a wide span of research focus, perspectives and research methodology.

This network will develop the research community by organising research training courses for PhD students and workshops for students and researchers on a Nordic level. Individual PhD students are given the opportunity to stay in a research group in another country for an extended period.

Facts about the project
Project leader

Berit Bungum, NTNU, Norway