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Workshop 6: Future learning and schooling in Norway

DAY TWO: Session 7: Parallel workshop sessions (15 May, 10.45 - 12.15)

Workshop 6: Future learning and schooling in Norway: the function of research and policy studies (K-13) (Chair: Rien Rouw, Ministry of Education, Culture & Science, The Netherlands)

In June 2013, the Norwegian government appointed a commission that will deliver their main report in June 2015, which points 20-30 years ahead for how learning and schooling can be envisioned. The question that the participants who are involved in the work need to address is how the knowledge foundation can be built up. In the field of education, research can address different questions. The analysis that takes a system view will lack necessary details, while detailed studies of learning and teaching will lack a clear connection to the overall system. The educational system is constituted by components that are loosely coupled. The implication is that we need to choose a set of analytic premises for how to integrate different lines of research. We have created analytic premises based on learning and teaching research over the last 30 years. Based on the principle that is outlined, we include systemic components that can support the students’ learning processes and outcomes.

This workshop centres on the work of the Ludvigsen-commission (the public commission on the School for the Future). It is led by the leader of the secretariat for the commission (HN), and the leader of the commission (SL).

Presentation:

Hege Nilssen and Sten Ludvigsen: The Ludvigsen-commission–the School for the Future
The questions that we will discuss in the workshop are: what kind of research is relevant to include when one aims for a national policy; how to combine different types of research (macro, meso and micro); how to differentiate lines of research (learning and teaching, international comparative studies, contribution from disciplines like economics and sociology, etc.) and more generally quantitative, qualitative studies, systematic reviews and meta-analysis.

We will present a model for how this could be done and discuss with the participants in the workshop how different lines of research can inform policy in order to create a better national educational system with gradually improving practices.