Upbringing and education processes

Questions such as how and why different forms of values, knowledge and skills come into being, how these are maintained and changed within and between generations, groups and individuals, are investigated.


The science of Education (Pedagogy) aims to develop knowledge of the processes, both formal and informal, through which people are formed and changed in different social, cultural and institutional contexts, such as pre-school, school, family, leisure time, working life and higher education.

Education is concerned with different aspects of upbringing, formation, education, learning, teaching and the prerequisites for and implementation of other social processes. It also concerns matters relating to governance, appraisal and leadership as well as digital media, communicative practices and aspects of diversity.

Areas of research include, for example, how and why different forms of values, knowledge and skills arise, are maintained and change among and between generations, groups and individuals.

Education is taught both in the form of freestanding courses at basic level and within the framework of various programmes such as those dealing with matters relating to human resources and working life, as well as teacher training programmes. At advanced level Education can be studied as part of the Master’s Programme in Educational Sciences. Educational Leadership is another Master’s Programme closely affiliated with Education. Uppsala University has a long tradition of conducting doctoral programmes in Education.

The research is carried on within the framework of the research groups and environments shown below.

Pedagogics and Special Needs (the PS-group)

The PS-group is a newly established research group at the Department of Education at Uppsala University and also involves members from other universities. The group frequently publish in international journal and can be counted as one of the leading research environments in Europe in research about inclusive educating and the work of special educational staff.

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Research on Educational Leadership (REL)

Education, learning, leadership and contexts where these concepts can be applied to are the core of the research environment Educational Leadership. This means that research objects are present in pre-schools and schools as well as in other parts of society.

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Research Unit for Studies in Educational Policy and Educational Philosophy (STEP)

The research group STEP – Studies in Educational Policy and Educational Philosophy was – established in 2000. Our research addresses the interplay between education policy, education practice, and education research from a reform history perspective.

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Studies in Childhood, Learning and Identity as Interactional Practices (CLIP)

The research is directed to studies of childhood, learning and identities as socially situated interactional practices in relation to broader educational contexts. The research group has an explicit interest in the development of theory and method, and competencies within ethnomethodology, conversation analysis and discourse analysis.

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Last modified: 2023-11-23