The Department of Natural Science, Mathematics and Society conducts research and development and trains science teachers in mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry, technology and geography. The department’s interest is focused on teaching and learning from various cultural and social perspectives.

Education at Natural Science, Mathematics and Society

The department's goal is to train teachers who have the ability to offer students from preschool to upper-secondary level increased knowledge in the fields of natural science, mathematics, technology and geography. Our courses and study programmes also place a great deal of emphasis on lifelong learning.

Four main subject areas

The education we offer is intended to increase knowledge of teaching and learning in natural sciences and mathematics from preschool to upper-secondary level. The department conducts study programmes and freestanding courses in the following subjects:

  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology

We also offer a number of courses for professional development within the Lärarlyftet programme for teachers wishing to supplement their teaching certificate.

Research

The educational research adopts a variety of theoretical perspectives and subjects, departing from science and mathematics education, as well as from studies in geography and technology education. Our research is characterized by cultural, societal and sustainability aspects that shape educational context from teaching and learning at different levels within the educational system as well as in informal learning contexts. This unfolds in topics such as Social inclusion and exclusion in education, Language and communication, Bildung, Literacy and education, Environmental and Climate perspectives as well as Gender, Sexuality and Identity.

Researchers, publications and research projects

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Collaboration to develop mathematics teaching and social participation

The Department of Natural Science, Mathematics and Society develops knowledge about how the study of mathematics, science and social science, and the intersection of these fields, can contribute to increased opportunities for social participation and development.

Most of the department’s work in its various subject areas takes place within the framework of teacher training, which also includes work placements (VFU) and collaboration projects with state and municipality actors.

Through projects and partnerships, nationally and internationally, we collaborate with schools and higher education institutions to develop mathematics teaching.