Symposium: The Rationale of and Subject-specific Research from the Danish Centre for Primary and Lower-secondary Education Research

  • Nikolaj Elf (Speaker)
  • Dorthe Carlsen (Speaker)
  • Vibeke Christensen (Speaker)
  • Claus Auning (Speaker)
  • Line Krogager Andersen (Speaker)
  • Susana Fernández (Speaker)
  • Jusslin, S. (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationConference presentation


This symposium presents and discusses the rationale of and ongoing research from the Danish Centre for Primary and Lower-secondary Education Research. The centre is a strategic collaboration between University of Southern Denmark, Danish University Colleges, and other national and international research environments. The center’s vision is to conduct practice-oriented research in, with and for the primary and secondary school sector (cf. The center is mission-driven, both idealistically and at the same time pragmatically striving to rethink and experiment with schooling focusing on how a good life for children relate to teaching excellence and school development in a world we would like to imagine as sustainable but is currently quite the opposite. The six symposium presentations explore how such a research programme could be theoretically framed and empirically operationalised through subject-specific research. Research questions are: How could school-subject research tap into the center vision and mission, and what does it require in terms of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research?


Organiser: Nikolaj Elf, University of Southern Denmark
Discussant: Sofia Jusslin, Åbo Akademi University
Paper 1: Nikolaj Elf – The Rationale of the Danish Centre for Primary and Lower-secondary Education Research
Paper 2: Dorthe Carlsen – How can we understand and describe school-subject didactics?
Paper 3: Vibeke Christensen – Inquiry-based literature education (QUALE) in a Nordic perspective
Paper 4: Claus Auning – Students’ explanations and solutions of issues related to the current climate crisis using scientific and mathematical modelling in a model-based inquiry unit
Paper 5: Susana S. Fernández & Line Krogager Andersen – Sustainability in Language Teaching
Paper 6: Nikolaj Elf – Sustainability and the green transition: From mono-curricular to cross-curricular practices in and beyond school

Period10 May 2023
Event titleNoFa9 – The 9th Nordic Conference on Subject Education: NoFa9
Event typeConference
LocationVasa, FinlandShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational