The Faculty of Education comprises research that focuses on issues such as learning and teaching among children, young people and adults, the impact of digital technology on our learning processes and how well grades can actually predict future success with studying. Researchers also work with issues such as sustainable development and schools’ organisation and educational planning.
The Department of Education, Communication and Learning’s fields of knowledge include issues to do with learning, teaching, communication and identity among children, young people and adults. This includes an interest in people’s meaning-making and knowledge development in everyday life, as well as in institutional and professional contexts. The department also offers courses within the teacher-training programme and is a pioneer in ocean literacy in Europe as one of institutes co-founding the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA). The department has expertise in creating and disseminating pedagogical resources on marine and environmental education. The department works closely collaboration with the department of biological and environmental sciences having a strong focus on marine environmental issues.
The department has the expertise, connection and knowledge required to lead the dealing with the implementation of marine science in formal education (WP3).
The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences research covers fundamental biology such as evolution, ecology, physiology and taxonomy, also in a marine context, as well as more applied research that include the effects of climate change, hazardous chemicals, acidification and introduced species. The Department is involved in marine outreach activities, such as ‘Virtue’ together with the Maritime museum in Gothenburg, Summer Science Camp, and ‘Inquiry-to-Insight’ project in partnership with Stanford University and also offers teacher’s training courses on these themes. This is explicitly done in order to raise awareness of the importance of the marine environment directly to younger generations, as to their educators. Apart from our Bachelor and Master programs in Biology and Environmental Sciences, we also provide university courses that pupils from a marine senior high-school can be admitted to as a part of their high-school curriculum. We have a core of teachers at the Department that further their pedagogic and didactic skill, not least when it comes to using new media. The Department’s long tradition of translating marine science at an academic level to a broader public both through formal education and outreach activities, we feel adds value to the present proposal and the project will add to further improvement of translating marine science to the Department and to the Faculty.
UGOT is the lead partner on the Mobilisation: Education & Lifelong Learning Work Package (WP3).
Key Personnel involved:
Dr. Roger Säljö. Doctor honoris causa, specializes in research on learning, interaction and human development in a sociocultural perspective, where he has published extensively. Much of this work is related to issues of how people learn to use cultural tools and how we acquire competences and skills that are foundational to learning in a socially and technologically complex society. In recent years, he has worked extensively with issues that concern how digital technologies transform human learning practices inside and outside formal schooling. In this field, he has been responsible for the national research program, LearnIT, funded by the Knowledgefoundation. The program, which ran between 1997 and 2009, included a research school (where about 25 students have passed their Ph. D.s), numerous research projects, international seminars and several other activities). He has also been engaged in interdisciplinary work with colleagues from a range of different disciplines including medicine and health, various natural sciences, linguistics, informatics and several others. Since 2006 he is Director of the Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS), a national centre of excellence funded by the Swedish Research Council (2006- 2017). He is Director of a national graduate school in the educational sciences (2008-).
Géraldine Fauville, has a double background in marine biology and in education sciences. She has been managing marine education projects in collaboration with Stanford University for the past seven years developing several types of digital learning resources for high school students focusing on climate change and ocean acidification issues (Inquiry-to-Insight, Virtual Marine Scientist and I2SEA). She has been a member of the University of Gothenburg Learning and Media Technology Studio (LETStudio) since 2010. In September 2013, she became a doctoral student at the Department of Education, Communication and Learning. The focus of her thesis originates from her background as marine biologist and her deep interest in the impact of increased carbon dioxide (CO2) atmospheric concentration on the marine environment. Her PhD project rooted in a sociocultural tradition intends to provide some basis to understand what digital tools imply for the development of ocean literacy among high-school students. She is a co-founder of the European Marine Science Educators Association (www.emsea.eu) aiming to empower formal and informal educators to teach about the marine environment but also to create a network of marine educator stakeholders willing to see a more ocean literate future for our society. She was the chair of the second EMSEA conference (Gothenburg, 1-3 October 2014).
Dr. Susan Gotensparre received a PhD in marine biology 2005 with research experience in cultured Atlantic salmon. From 2011, she is a research officer at the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. She currently manages outreach projects, such as the FP7 project Sea for Society and Virtue, a school project. Virtue is a tool for enabling students to make experiments with aquatic environments. The students are given an insight into the concept of biological diversity and also the systematics of organisms and their interaction with different ecosystems. Susan has previously been a project manager for the FP7 EuroMarine consortium and project partner of the FP7 European Marine Science Applications Consortium (EMSAC). She has past experience as a news journalist, including popular science communication.
Prof. Åsa Mäkitalo received her PhD in Education 2002, a four year postdoc in 2004 (visiting Cambridge in 2006), title as Assoc. Professor in 2005 and since 2011 she is Professor of Education. Mäkitalo is co-director of LinCS since 2006. From 2010 she is also Head of the University of Gothenburg LETStudio (www.letstudio.gu.se), a strategic initiative for interdisciplinary research on issues of learning, communication and transformation of knowledge in a society characterized by technoscientific innovation and new forms of agency. Mäkitalo’s research is focussed on human interaction, technologies and learning. It concerns how the proliferation and use of technologies transform professional expertise, the organization of learning in educational settings, forms of participation and co-production of knowledge. Mäkitalo has served as expert for the European Commission assessing Erasmus Thematic Networks and Erasmus Mundus Programmes (2004), as chair and member of several evaluation panels for the Swedish Research Council (2011-2013). She is currently member of the program board for research and innovation in the educational sector for the Research Council of Norway, and a member of the Social Science Committee of Science Europe.
Dr. Ingela Dahllöf has a background in marine biogeochemistry, ecotoxicology and microbiology as well as marine management issues. ID has been involved in forming regulatory guidelines on a national (Danish) and international level for marine monitoring and served as expert for the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Currently she heads the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, but is also involved in a project on risk assessment of shipwrecks. In this project there’s a strong element of translating science both to the public, to authorities and to the industry.