The research questions which constitute the core of curriculum studies arise at the meeting point between specific subject-matter and the teaching and learning of that subject-matter which takes place under some form of activity. It is therefore of interest to study, for example, the content of the teaching and what justifies the selection of that content, who the teaching is aimed at and how their learning process works, how the subject-material is handled in the teaching and who has power over the selection process.
Curriculum studies as a field of research and area of knowledge therefore deals with questions found at the point of intersection between an area of activity or knowledge, and education, teaching, learning and socialisation.
The research is carried on within the framework of the following research groups and environments
The Research Group on Comparative Curriculum Studies
The members of the Research Group on Comparative Didactics study and compare teaching and learning within a number of different subject areas. Taking their starting point in methods of approach and results of studies within various fields of curriculum studies and education, they undertake comparisons and analyses aimed at creating knowledge relating to teaching, teaching content, learning and socialisation.
Scientific Director: Senior Lecturer Jonas Almqvist
Research into Mathematics Education addresses the content and methodology of mathematics education. The common denominator for the research group working with Mathematical Didactics at Uppsala is that we carry out research into a variety of types of texts used in mathematics education.
Studies of Language Practices
Within the research group STOLP a variety of research is conducted in combination with various developmental projects. The research focuses on different aspects of language practices in children and adolescents both in and out of school.
Contact: Caroline Liberg, Professor of Educational science
Studies of meaning making in educational discourses (SMED)
The research group SMED (Studies of Meaning-making in Educational Discourses) is a pan-University research group in the field of didactics and educational sciences. The scientific director of the group is Professor Leif Östman of Uppsala University.
Contact: Leif Östman, Professor of Curriculum studies.