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Social Studies Education

The Collegium for Subject Matter Education in Social Studies

The Collegium employs a subject didactic approach with an aim to bridge the school subjects and the subjects of the academic disciplines. The Collegium’s work is praxis oriented with a focus on both education and research. Various aspects of the social science subjects are addressed from a critical-constructivist perspective.

Focus areas and planned activities

  • One of IDPP's priority areas is assessment. Arne Löfstedt and Annika Lindskog are leading a project commissioned by the Swedish National Agency for Education to develop standardised national tests in Religious Studies and Civics for grades six and nine.
  • Another priority area is literacy. The Collegium intends to develop the interpretation and application of the concept of literacy in relation to the different Social Studies subjects through various education and research projects.
  • The Collegium plans to produce scientific, popular scientific and pedagogy literature, at IDPP as well as in cooperation with researchers at other higher education institutions.
  • The Collegium intends to, as previously, host conferences for external target groups on topics related to Social Studies.
  • The Collegium aims to contribute to the development of a strategy for linking teacher programme degree projects to projects and research at IDPP.
  • The Collegium plans to contribute to the planned second-cycle course in Subject Matter Education and in a longer perspective create third-cycle courses in the field of Subject Matter Education in Social Studies.
  • The Collegium also intends to, with a point of departure in education and research projects, develop subject-specific strategies for the development of good and progress-oriented education both in the teacher education programme and in the national school system.

More information and contact

Olof Franck
personal profile
+46 (0)31 786 2011

Christina Osbeck
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+46 (0)31-786 2273

Research programme


Contact Information

Department of pedagogical, curricular and professional studies

PO Box 300, SE 405 30 Gothenburg

Visiting Address:
Pedagogen B, Läroverksgatan 15

+46 (0)31 786 0000

+46 (0)31 786 2244

Page Manager: Johanna Gunnarsson|Last update: 11/30/2016

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