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General Didactics

General Didactics focuses on teaching. It includes what happens on everyday-bases inside classrooms, where questions related to the encounter of teachers, pupils and the subjects are interconnected, and also to problems related to political and social relations where school is an intertwined part.

General didactic belongs to the core of teacher education as well as it can be studied in separate courses from a basic up to PhD-level. The research has a critical orientation as we use critical theory, critical hermeneutics or a phenomenological approach with the ambition to challenge what is taken for granted about school.

The department of pedagogical, curricular and professional studies have five research areas of concern:

  • Didactics, this line of research is very wide, ranging from the broad discussion over the concepts of general didactics and subject didactics to the very specific work with didactic tools. An example is Ola Henricsson’s research on storytelling as a pedagogical tool.
  • Educational ideals/philosophy of education, includes discussions concerning teacher education and teaching profession in general as well as more specific negotiation of teacher roles. How changes in society have influenced the teaching profession as well as research on “the good teacher.
  • Relation between theory and practice. Is theoretical knowledge from higher education being used in daily practice and vice versa?
  • Teacher-student relationship, for instance, Annika Lilja did her doctoral thesis on the trustful relationship between teachers and students.
  • Students, schools and documentation, looks for instance at the complex interplay between schools, parents and students.
     

Contact person

Silwa Claesson
silwa.claesson@ped.gu.se
phone 031-786 23 67

Contact Information

Department of pedagogical, curricular and professional studies

PO Box 300, SE 405 30 Gothenburg

Visiting Address:
Pedagogen B, Läroverksgatan 15

Phone:
+46 (0)31 786 0000

Fax:
+46 (0)31 786 2244

Page Manager: Johanna Gunnarsson|Last update: 12/9/2015
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