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.

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 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 state and municipal assignments.

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

We are also a member of the Regional Development Centre.

Research at Natural Science, Mathematics and Society

The department's research is largely conducted in the fields of science didactics and mathematics didactics.

SISEME research group

Research focuses on teaching and teacher training in mathematics, science, geography and technology in preschools and schools, adopting cultural and social perspectives to teaching, learning and assessing.

The department conducts active seminar activities through Studies in Science, Environmental and Mathematics Education (SISEME), which gathers the department’s researchers, doctoral students and lecturers.

SISEME research focuses on science education, sustainable development and mathematics in preschools, schools and teacher training. The research conducted in this environment adopts cultural, social and practical perspectives on knowledge, teaching and learning in these subjects.

Researchers, publications and research projects

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