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FINNUT-Forskning og innovasjon i utdanningssektoren

'A general didactic theory on school development' "En allmenndidaktisk teori om skoleutvikling"

Awarded: NOK 0.10 mill.

This project explores how the local environment affects school culture and how this relationship defines the conditions for teaching and learning. The main assumption is that the school is not determined by its local environment, but that it is oriented towards values in the local community that may be more or less favorable to teaching and learning. School development must therefore be directed at changing local schools orientations in the local community. This study examines the consequences of different orientations and how they can be changed through qualitative and quantitative methods. Population: The empirical comparison will be undertaken in two counties in Norway. The one county is Sogn & Fjordane, performing higher than average on the national tests despite a modest socio-economic background. The other county is Aust-Agder, which performs poorly and has a similar socio-economic background. Research questions: 1.How can schools orient themselves in their local environment to increase their room for teaching and learning? 2. Which opportunities are created by the school's orientation for the development of student and teacher roles that support teaching and learning? 3. How can individual schools increase the room for teaching and learning opportunities through comparison with other schools? Methodology; the research question will be answered by comparing schools' orientations and discuss this with American researchers as well as the teachers in the schools. The comparison opens up the possibility to try to change the school culture by conducting an intervention in order to change their orientations in the community. This is the main R&D challenge of this project, but we now have the opportunity in one county. The findings from the intervention will be discussed with USA's most appreciated researchers on the field to validate the design. The expected change of school culture will be followed for two to five years to study the effecy of the intervention.

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FINNUT-Forskning og innovasjon i utdanningssektoren