NordForsk

NordForsk is an organisation under the Nordic Council of Ministers that provides funding for and facilitates Nordic cooperation on research and research infrastructure.

NordForsk was established in 2005 by the Nordic Council of Ministers for the purpose of strengthening Nordic research. NordForsk’s key stakeholders comprise the national research councils, universities and other research-funding bodies. Together we work to identify common Nordic priorities and provide funding for research and research infrastructure.

Through the financing and administration of research programmes NordForsk brings together national research groups and promotes research activities of the highest scientific quality.

NordForsk seeks to enhance the quality, impact and efficiency of Nordic research cooperation, thereby helping the Nordic region to become a world leader in research and innovation.

NordForsk has its headquarters in Oslo, where it is co-located with its sister organisations, Nordic Innovation and Nordic Energy Research.

 

Rannsóknarverkefni styrkt af NordForsk

Nordic Centre of Excellence: Quality in Nordic Teaching (QUINT)

The QUINT centre’s vision is to investigate teaching quality in the Nordic countries via video recordings taken in Nordic classrooms.

We aim to answer important questions like these:

-In what ways does teaching make a difference in student learning and engagement across subject areas?  
-How does it make a difference in mono-lingual as well as multi-lingual contexts across the Nordic countries?
-How can classroom videos be used as effective resources for preparing teachers’ pre-service and enhancing in-service teachers’ professional development?  
-How can video technology and other digital resources generate new forms of collaborative research between researchers and practitioners?
-Nordic schools – one practice?

Nordic welfare states and their educational systems are often described as homogeneous, but studies indicate that significant differences emerge when researchers observe the actual practices of teachers and interactions between teachers and students in classrooms.

There is a need for systematic and comparative research efforts that dig deeper and more broadly into these patterns. Research should also take into account the changing context and landscape of Nordic schools, such as the digitalization of learning processes and the ever-growing multicultural profiles of schools.

QUINT addresses these issues by bringing together excellent researchers from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. By conducting video studies on both a large and a small scale in classrooms from grades 5–7 and 8–10 and by logging on-line, digital interactions between students and teachers, QUINT’s researchers will produce new insights into the characteristics of high-quality teaching in Nordic classrooms.