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Asian interest in the way that Sweden develops teaching skills

News: Sep 07, 2015

Hong Kong, China, and now Singapore. Interest in the Swedish
school system from some of the world’s best schools continues.
In September, the University of Gothenburg and the City of Gothenburg’s schools hosted a guest delegation from Singapore’s Ministry of Education. The delegation was interested in learning more about the successful Swedish model for developing teacher expertise and teaching skills.

The debate about whether, and if so how, the Swedish school system is suffering from deficiencies in quality continues unabated in Sweden. However, the view of Swedish schools from outside Sweden is sometimes more optimistic, even in countries that are at the top of the Programme for International Student Assessment’s measurements (PISA).

Analysing class lessons

One example is the interest in how Swedish grammar schools and other schools are working with the concept of Learning Studies, where several teachers work together to plan, implement, and analyse one lesson at a time. The objective is to improve the student’s learning about something specific, and this is achieved by the teachers gaining a better understanding of the different aspects that might be important for the students’ development. In Sweden, Learning Studies has become increasingly widespread in recent years, not the least in the context of the
national government’s mathematics initiative in which schools have either focused on Learning Studies or ICT (information and communication technologies). Research on Learning Studies has been underway with success for many years at the Faculty of Education at University of Gothenburg.
The methods used in Learning Studies are further developments of the work of Professor Ference Marton at the Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies on what he referred to as Lesson Study. The latter is a widespread and established teacher training method, most notably in Japan.

Good results

“Teachers get to work with the core of their profession, and they have the opportunity to work together to create better opportunities for the students to learn. The teachers receive the tools to do this using the variation theory and interest in participating in Learning Studies is very high among Swedish teachers. Remarkably good results have been achieved,” reports Angelika Kullberg, senior lecturer at the Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies.
“It’s interesting that people are coming here particularly from the countries that are best at PISA and other similar international comparisons, such as China and Hong Kong, in order learn about paths of development in the Swedish schools and to learn about and from us,” remarks Angelika Kullberg.

More information, Angelika Kullberg, angelika.kullberg@ped.gu.se, phone: +46 709-942758


Originally published on: uf.gu.se

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