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Constructing 21st Century Teacher Education

The symposium welcomes everyone working within teacher education in higher education institutions, or with an interest in research and development within the fields of education and international studies.

Sted: Auditorium Q-1015, Pilestredet 42 Dato og tid: fredag 10. november 2017 kl. 08.15 - 15.30

The first annual symposium of the Faculty of Education and International Studies features leading international researchers from the United States, Sweden and Finland. Perspectives from the Faculty’s own researchers and former students will also be represented, in a one-day programme that addresses the issue of teacher education in the 21st century.  

Attendance is free, but advance registration is required. Teachers, students and other practitioners from all levels of education are encouraged to attend. The deadline for registration was 1 november.


Please be informed that the symposium will be livestreamed via the HiOA web pages. You can watch the livestream in the video below.


08.15: Registration and coffee/tea

Moderator: Dean Knut Patrick Hanevik

08.30: Welcome
Rector Curt Rice  

08.40:The scientific knowledge base for teacher education, linking research and practice
Professor Mikael Alexandersson , University of Gothenburg  

09.10: Challenges in teacher education in a life-long perspective: A Norwegian overview
State secretary Bjørn Haugstad  

09.40: Dialogue and inclusion: ICT as a tool for fostering new and innovative teaching methods in distance education projects in Nepal and Uganda
Professor Leikny Øgrim and Professor Monica Johannesen

10.10: Coffee/tea 

Moderator: Head of Department Gunn Bjørnsen

10.30: Is it all just wishful thinking? Experiences from student exchange and Intercultural competence
Associate Professor Cato Christiansen

11.00: Making a world of difference: Reflections on student exchange experiences
Former teacher student Nora T. Hollekim

11.30: ICCS 2016: How well prepared are Norwegian 9th-graders for democratic participation?
PhD candidate Tarjei Helland

12.00: Lunch

Moderator: Vice-Dean Halla B. Holmarsdottir

13.00: Global trends and challenges facing teacher education
Professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith , Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools, Director, PhD Program in Curriculum & Instruction, Lynch School of Education, Boston College

14.00: Panel discussion with participation from Prof. Marilyn Cochran-Smith, Associate Prof. Cato Christiansen, Associate Professor Greta Björk Gudmundsdottir (Department of Teacher Education and School Research, University of Oslo), Dean Knut Patrick Hanevik, Study leader Lars Gjelstad, Study leader Emad Al-Rozzi

Discussion led by Vice-Dean Halla B. Holmarsdottir.

15.00: The way forward
Professor Pasi Sahlberg , former director general of the Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation (CIMO) in Finland, former visiting professor of practice at Harvard Graduate School of Education, currently on sabbatical

15.30: Reception afterwards with light refreshments

About the contributors

Mikael Alexandersson  University of Gothenburg, is a Professor committed to research and teaching about the content in learning and different learning environments. He has for decades carried out research projects studying student learning, teachers' professional development, how new digital technology influences educational praxis and how political reforms affect school and higher education. For many years Mikael has been an expert, member or secretary in different commissions at the Ministry of Education in Sweden. Picture of Professor Mikael Alexandersson
Marilyn Cochran-Smith  is the Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools and Director of the  Ph.D. Program in Curriculum and Instruction at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College, in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. A teacher, education scholar and practitioner for more than 40 years, Dr. Cochran-Smith is widely known for her scholarship regarding teacher education research, practice and policy and for her sustained commitment to teaching and teacher education for diversity and social justice. (Source:  http://www.marilyncochransmith.com/) Picture of Professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith
Cato Christensen  is Associate Professor at the Department of International Studies and Interpreting at HiOA, where he works with continuing education for professionals in intercultural competence. Christensen has the academic responsibility for HiOA’s “field preparatory course” (feltforberedende kurs) for students going abroad, and for HiOA’s introductory course for international degree students. He holds a PhD in religious studies, and has published on themes such as intercultural competence, religion and film, and indigenous religion. Picture of Associate Professor Cato Christensen
Bjørn Haugstad  was appointed State Secretary to the Minister of Education and Research Torbjørn Røe Isaksen in 2013. State Secretary Haugstad holds a doctorate from Oxford University, with thesis on strategy realization in knowledge intensive organizations. He also holds a Master of Science in Industrial Economics from NTNU, and an intermediate subject of Economics from the same place. (Source:  https://www.regjeringen.no/en/id4/) Picture of State Secretary Bjørn Haugstad
Tarjei Helland has 15 years experience as teacher in lower secondary school and as Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. He is now a PhD-candidate. His project “What kind of Education for which Democracy” investigates how an open classroom climate for discussion of social and political topics can affect students’ development as participating citizens. Helland is a member of  the research group responsible for ICCS-2016 in Norway (International Civic and Citizenship Education Study). He has written social studies textbooks for lower secondary schools, and has participated in the development of the Norwegian National Curriculum for social studies. He is currently appointed by the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training as leader of the group developing core concepts of social studies, a prerequisite for the upcoming curriculum reform in Norway. Picture of Tarjei Helland
Nora T. Hollekim  is a former teacher student from HiOA. She worked as a secondary school teacher in Uganda and wrote her bachelor´s degree about the Ugandan education system as part of the internationalisation of her education. She spent 15 months in the field researching ontological dynamics in educational and development initiatives together with rural, indigenous women in Uganda for her MA in Multicultural and International Education from HiOA. Hollekim now works with non-formal education, resource mobilisation and capacity building within rural communities in Uganda.   Picture of former teacher student Nora T. Hollekim
Monica Johannesen is a Professor at the Department of digital literacy, Faculty of Education and International Studies, Oslo and Akershus University College. She holds a PhD in Educational Science from University of Oslo in 2013 and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from The national college for the Training of Teachers of commerce. Her current research is on e-learning in higher education, cyber ethics and digital literacy in teacher education. Picture of Monica Johannesen
Pasi Sahlberg , Professor, is a Finnish educator, author, and scholar. He has worked as schoolteacher, teacher educator, researcher, and policy advisor in Finland and has studied education systems and reforms around the world. He has published and spoken widely about these topics, his book “Finnish Lessons 2.0: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland” won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for an idea that has potential to change the world. (Source:  https://pasisahlberg.com/) Picture of Professor Pasi Sahlberg
Leikny Øgrim  is a Professor at the Department of Primary and Secondary Teacher Education at HiOA, and leads the master’s degree programme in ICT-supported learning. She has contributed to several research- and development projects related to ICT in teacher education. She has also worked with use of technology in teaching settings in hospitals and prisons. Currently she is committing research on e-learning in teacher education in the Global South.  Picture of Professor Leikny Øgrim


For questions, please contact Vice-Dean Halla B. Holmarsdottir

See also

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