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Ninni Wahlström

Professor, Dean
Department of Education and Teachers' Practice Faculty of Social Sciences
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I am a professor of Education and my area of research interest is curriculum theory, educational policy, and pedagogy (didactics). Against a backdrop of globalization in for example economical, communicative and everyday domains, I am interested in in transnational policy discourses and comparative studies. More specifically, my research interests revolve around the following areas:

  • curriculum theory in a transnational and national perspectives
  • classroom studies in a curriculum theory perspective
  • pedagogy/ didactics; general didactics; didactics with a focus on literacy, civics and mathematics
  • educational philosophy; pragmatism (Dewey), ethics (cosmopolitanism)

Current research projects

A four-year research project “Understanding Curriculum Reforms – A Theory-Oriented Evaluation of the Swedish Curriculum Reform Lgr 11”, financed by the Swedish Research Council, 2014-2017. The project will answer crucial questions on how transnational and national influences formed the Lgr 11, how the recontextualisation processes have shaped the Lgr 11 reform at the local level, and in what ways and to what extent the Lgr 11 has transformed teaching patterns and practices at the classroom level. The aim is to theoretically and methodologically develop the former Swedish theory-oriented pedagogical evaluation tradition, from a national state-centered understanding of education towards a framework taking 2010's transnational influences into account.

An evaluation project financed by Institute of Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy, IFAU, 2016 – 2017, “Local Authorities – Independent Policy Players in Education Reforms? “, with a focus on how local authorities, as mandators of the provision of schooling, relate to questions of the meaning of the curriculum reform Lgr 11, teachers’ professional practice, norms of teaching repertoires, standards and assessment practices in their implementation and enforcement of the curriculum Lgr 11. 

The project "Research Based Teacher Education", financed by the Swedish Research Council, 2014-2015, explores how research is introduced and used in the Swedish teacher education. The study includes document analyses and a survey with teacher educators and teacher students as informants. More specifically, the study aims both to identify and analyze the base of research at a number of teacher education programs, and to provide an overview of the factors that are viewed as important in regarding teacher education as research based.

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An evaluation project financed by Institute of Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy, IFAU, 2013 – 2015, “Theory-Based Evaluation of the Curriculum Lgr 11”, with a focus on transnational and national concepts of curricula and knowledge and how teachers conceive the curriculum Lgr 11. Intentions, implementation and consequences of the curriculum reform for compulsory school, Lgr 11, are at the center of this mix-method project, including text analyses, questionnaires addressed to teachers in Year 6 and Year 9, as well as interviews with teachers.

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Ongoing research cooperation in Nordic, European and international research networks on policy and curriculum research:

  • associate editor of Journal of Curriculum Studies
  • member of an international advisory group for curriculum studies at Stirling University
  • network convener for the Curriculum Research Network in the Nordic Educational research Association (NERA),
  • reviewer in the network of Policy Studies and Politics of Education in the European Educational Research Association (EERA)




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