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Event code: NAFOL2021

9 November 2021

11.30–12.45 Registration

13.00–13.15 Opening by Professor Knut Steinar Engelsen, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) and Kari Smith, NAFOL
Artistic performanc by NAFOL alumni Ingrid Bjørkøy

13.15–14.45 Keynote 1: Lecture and performance

  • Associate Professor Oded Ben-Horin, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, and his team

Title: Creativity, Educational Design and Teacher Education in the Global Trans-disciplinary Classroom

In this lecture, a global creative education initiative characterized by interactions of the arts, science and technology provides context for reflection on the concept of a global classroom in which inquiry-based learning occurs collaboratively across boundaries of age, institutional affiliation, geographical location, cultural background, and religion. That reflection relies on a theoretical approach to creativity in the classroom in which learners engage collaboratively in the creation of shared identities. Potential implications for teacher education programs aim to enable accommodation of all dimensions of the human being as a member of, and active contributor to, a global community dedicated to a sustainable future. During the lecture, the global classroom’s emergent educational design will be experienced through pre-recorded artistic examples courtesy of Global Science Opera (GSO) participants, and through live presentations by GSO practitioners in South-America and Europe.

14.45–15.15 Break

15.15–16.45 Paper sessions

Parallel session 1

Chair & Discussant: Professor Eva Maagerø (University of South-Eastern Norway)


Ingvill Bjørnstad Åberg (Nord University)

  • Othering in the age of “diversity”: Cultural, ethnic and racial categorisations in education policy and social studies

Fredrik Stenhjem Hagen (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences)

  • Talking about diversity trough a historical framing

Anne-Mette Bjøru (UiT-The Arctic University of Norway)

  • Sámi values reflected in Sámi inclusive pedagogics - a literature review
Parallel session 2

Chair & Disscusant: Professor Ellen Beate Hansen Sandseter (DMMH)


Julia Melnikova (Volda University College)

  • “Treading on dreams”: High school students' educational identities in the encounter between schools and immigrant families

Kathrine Moen (Nord University)

  • The new we and diversity of values in Norwegian kindergartens: Educators’ strategies in situations where parents’ values are different from the kindergarten’s values.

Hilde Hjertager Lund (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences)

  • “We must do like the Norwegians, go hiking and do outdoor activities and things like that.” Refugee parents’ experiences with parental cooperation and encountering kindergarten.
Parallel session 3

Chair & Discussant: Associate Professor Ingrid Bjørkøy (DMMH)


Thandeka Sibiya (Eotvos Lorand University)

  • Teacher Education and Diversity: Teaching teachers to embrace multiculturism pedagogy in the teaching of immigrant learners in South Africa

Benjamin Ponet (Ghent University)

  • Practices of teacher educators to deal with diversity

Tobias Staaby (University of Bergen)

  • “The game plays on our team” - Designing for learning with digital games
Parallell session 4

Chair & Discussant: Associate Professor Vibeke Solbue (Western Norway university of applied sciences)


Rachel Farrell (University College Dublin)

  • Democratic PedagogicalPartnerships in Initial Teacher Education

Hege Fimreite (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences)

  • Peer counseling between the everyday-world and system – a study of conversations about conversations in preschool

Moldir Yelibay (Eotvos Lorand University)

  • An Analysis of PIAAC Survey on Kazakhstan - Gender, Leadership, Education and Skills

16.45–17.00 Break

17.00–17.45 Plenary presentation and discussion with doctoral students from University of Limerick

17.45–18:15 Poster session

19.30 Conference dinner

10 November 2021

09.00–09.15 Good morning

09.15–10.00 Keynote 2: Research in ECEC: Stakeholders and methods, with a focus on capturing young children’s perspectives

  • Professor Ellen Beate Hansen Sandseter, Queen Maud University College of Early Childhood Education

Title: Research in ECEC: Stakeholders and methods, with a focus on capturing young children’s perspectives

Research within Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) is a relatively young research area. Since the 1970ties and up until today the field has gone through an extensive growth, and new areas of research and research methodology have been developed. During this development, a diversity of methods for capturing key stakeholders’ perspectives has also been central. One group of central stakeholders of which the focus has been especially strong the last 2-3 decades, is children. Moving from doing research on children to doing research with children, as well as moving from looking at children from the outside to trying to capture children’s own perspectives and experiences has made a great impact on the ECEC research field. This lecture will give insight into, and examples from, a variety of methods to collect data of children’s perspectives, discussing also the pitfalls, problems, benefits and strengths of them.

10.00–10.30 Break

10.30–12.00 Paper sessions

Parallel session 5

Chair & Discussant: Professor Thomas Moser (University of South-Eastern Norway)


Svein-Erling Greiner (Western Norway university of applied sciences)

  • Passivity as (critical) response in kindergarten teacher education

Solveig Marie Borgund (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences)

  • Students' perceptions of quality in the Norwegian Kindergarten teacher education

Aoife Donegan (UCD)

  • Children as co-researchers in pandemic times: the use of digital dialogues with children during school lockdown in Irish primary schools
Parallel session 6

Chair & Disscusant: Professor Tony Burner (University of South-Eastern Norway)


Mette Hvalby (University of Stavanger)

  • The complex role of practice teachers in suitability assessment

Kim-Daniel Vattøy (Volda University College)

  • Teachers’ Experiences of Feedback in Digital Environments in Upper Secondary School: Implications for Practice and Teacher Education

Alessandra Dieude (University of South-Eastern Norway)

  • Teachers’ perceptions of accountability –the political structuration of assessment in diverse school contexts
Parallel session 7

Chair & Discussant: Post doc Asli Lidice Göktürk Saglam (University of South-Eastern Norway)


Megumi Nishida (University of Iceland)

  • Bringing Methodological Diversity into a Teacher Education Research Community in Japan: A Hybrid Educator’s Self-study

Terje Bringeland (UiT - The Arctic University of Norway)

  • PISA - a trigger of teachers reflexivity and actions

Knut Ove Æsøy (OsloMet)

  • Humanistic research in teacher education – 7 important issues to explore
Parallell session 8

Chair & Discussant: Professor Knut Steinar Engelsen (Western Norway university of applied sciences)


Fruzsina Eszes (Eötvös Loránd University)

  • Teachers’ interpretation of improvisation in teaching

Inger Tronstad (NORD university)

  • Outdoor life teachers' professional knowledge in light of the concepts of pedagogical risk and pedagogical virtuosity

Elisabeth Iversen (NMBU) & Sabreen Selvik (OsloMet)

  • Pupils’ disclosures to “Doctor” science teacher

12.00–13.00 Lunch

13.00–13.45 Keynote 3: Methodological diversity in teacher education research: What about educational design research?

  • Professor Ruben Vanderlinde, Ghent University

This lecture starts with a conceptualisation of teacher education research. However, it’s not easy to conceptualise this research field, the field itself is characterised by a diversity of research themes and research methods. In this lecture, the broad and diverse use of research methods in teacher education in presented. This diversity of research methods is also represented in the conferences and journals that are known in the field. Against this diverse background, the lecture explores the use of ‘educational design research’ as a relative new research method in teacher education research. The lecture presents key characteristics and key phases of an ‘educational design research’ study. These characteristics and phases are illustrated by presenting a concrete research project situated in teacher education. In this project, an intervention was developed, implemented and evaluated to stimulate parent-teacher conference skills.

13.45–14.15 Break

14.15–15.45 Paper sessions

Parallel session 9

Chair & Discussant: Professor Tine Sophie Prøitz (University of South-Eastern Norway)


Aye Aye Myint Lay (Eotvos Lorand University)

  • Performance Appraisal and Quality Enhancement of Teacher Education

Elisabeth Rønningen (NTNU)

  • What is homework?

Martin Sjøen (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences)

  • Exploring practice mobility as an internationalisation strategy in Norwegian teacher education
Parallel session 10

Chair & Disscusant: Associate Professor Elena Severina (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences)


Ingrid Bjørkøy (DMMH)

  • Singing as performative in interplay with the youngest children in kindergarten

Felicity Burbridge Rinde (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences)

  • Co-creation of socio-musical spaces: a study of teacher and school perspectives on creating an inclusive school environment for newly arrived migrant pupils through music activities

Hilde Hjertager Lund (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences)

  • “Through the researcher’s gaze” – preconceptions, understanding, and reflexivity in qualitative research in a kindergarten setting
Round Table

Chair & Discussant: Professor Henning Fjørtoft (NTNU)


Juliette Boks-Vlemmix (Åbo Akademi University)

  • A literature review on teacher educators´ collaborative professional learning; an aesthetic approach to professional development.

Moldir Yelibay (Eotvos Lorand University)

  • Understanding the Lack of Female Leadership in Higher Education of Kazakhstan

15.45–16.00 Break

16.00–16.45 Keynote 4: Researching teaching about teaching: Back to basics

  • Professor Gert Biesta, Maynooth University Ireland and University of Edinburgh

Title: Researching teaching about teaching: Back to basics

In a very basic sense, teacher education research can be characterised as researching teaching about teaching. After all, what teacher educators do, is teach student teachers about teaching, bearing in mind, of course, that both the teaching of teacher educators and the teaching they teach about is characterised by a significant diversity. And this is one of the reasons why teacher education research needs a diversity of approaches. With the different levels involved – researchers, teacher educators, student teachers – and the diversity of approaches to teaching and to research, it can be quite challenging to keep focus or even find a focus. And in the field of education, this is even more of a challenge because there are so many ‘agendas’ surrounding education (such as social justice, democracy, sustainability, racial equality, equal opportunities, and so on), and so many ideas about what good education actually is. In my presentation I would like to go back to the ‘heart of the matter,’ by asking the simple question what teaching itself is. Rather than answering this through the question what teaching might be for, I will explore the intriguing and in my view important suggestion put forward by the German scholar Klaus Prange, which is that everything can be found in the unique form of teaching.

16.45–17.15 Questions and answers with the Keynote speakers

17.15–17.30 Conclusion and farewell 

11 November 2021: Only NAFOL students

Venue: Scandic Ørnen, Sol 4

09.30–10.30 Masterclass

  • Lise Porsanger, NTNU, meets Professor Rune Krumsvik, University of Bergen

10.30–10.45 Break

10.45–12.45 Process seminar

  • Hilde Birgitte Hjertager Lund, HVL, meets Associate Professor Helene Marie Kjærgård Eide, University of Bergen

12.45 Lunch and farewell