Extended Classroom and Varied Teaching Methods Research Group

Fields of research in educational settings are multidisciplinary, with a common focus on extended classroom and varied instructional methods.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The research group is a part of the research division 
Teacher Education

Research within the research group focuses on teaching and learning in different environments outside the classroom and the use of different teaching approaches. Furthermore, the research concerns various aspects of teaching and learning, and teaching methods, such as what the types of teaching/learning can entail, and why and how these teaching methods or activities are appropriate in certain contexts.

The term "extended classroom", refers to various learning arenas that are arranged outside the classroom, for example the school playgrounds, forests, school gardens, farms, downtowns, factories, or shopping centres. Varied teaching methods refers to different types of instruction, including problem-based learning, theme-based learning, project work, or entrepreneurship.

The research group develops teaching materials and knowledge in order to increase deep understanding of instruction and learning. 

Active Research Projects 

Erasmus+ project: Hypathia in preschool

Project leader: Mona Reitan Rosenlund

Hypathia in preschool is an exchange program aimed at developing mathematical and technical skills for children in preschool. 

The project utilize the learning-training-teaching model, where the participating groups are associated with a science center or a university. A research study are connected to the project, where a case-study will be performed on the Norwegian group of participants, with both group- and individual interviews. The main research question is: How can our experience from collaboration with other countries on mathematics and technical skills influence own practice in preschool?

Closed Research Projects

Erasmus + "21th century skills for 21th century needs"

Project manager: Anna Marie Holand 

Aim: The study aims to contribute to increased understanding of one's own profession by cooperating with other professions and through the use of 21st Century Skills. 

Partners: Junior Achievement (Norway), Form the Future (England), Vifin (Denmark), Verdal municipality, Vejle municipality (Denmark). 

Quality development and accessibility of predator visitor centres

A national research project 2019-2020

Project manager: Tove Anita Fiskum 

Aim: The study aims to develop the work of the Predator Visitor Centres in Bardu, Namsskogan and Flå, and to explore how pupils can develop their knowledge and more nuanced perspectives of predators and predator conflicts.

Partners: Predator Visitor Centre Namsskogan, Bardu National Park Centre, Flå National Park Centre, Lierne National Park Centre. 

The project is financed by the Norwegian Environment Agency.


2017-2018

Project manager: Tove Anita Fiskum 

Aim: The study aims to develop the work of the predator visitor centres in Bardu, Namsskogan and Flå, and to explore how pupils can develop their knowledge and more nuanced perspectives of predators and predator conflicts.

Partners: Besøkssenter rovdyr, Namsskogan og Lierne Nasjonalparksenter. 

The project was financed by the Norwegian Environment Agency.


The engaged pupil

The engaged pupil: Teaching that makes pupils wonder, explore and become active learners

Prosjekt managers: Tove Anita Fiskum, Dag Gulaker and Hans Petter Andersen 

Aim: Provide teacher students and teachers with different teaching approaches that promotes wondering, exploration and activation in students. ​

​PhD Project

Development of Second Language Fluency in an Outdoor Context at Secondary School

PhD fellow: Tone Stuler Myhre

This PhD project investigates the development of second language spoken fluency in an outdoor context in Norway. It focuses on English as a second language and its aim is to explore if teenagers increase their fluent English production when they engage in oral activities outside the classroom. 

The experience of fictional texts in interdisciplinary education about predators at the upper primary level​

PhD fellow:​ Haakon Halberg 

The aim of this study is to explore how students at the upper primary level experience fictional texts in an interdisciplinary outdoor educational project about predators. The data collection is connected to the predator school in Namsskogan.​





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