Exploring Quality in Nordic Teaching: The QUINT Project

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Initiated in 2018 and spanning five years, the Quality in Nordic Teaching (QUINT) project is a collaborative research endeavor involving Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Iceland. QUINT's main objective is to understand the distinctive characteristics of exceptional teaching in Nordic classrooms at the lower secondary school level.

Key questions tackled by the project include:

  • The influence of teaching on student engagement and learning across and within subjects.
  • The impact of teaching in both monolingual and multilingual Nordic contexts.
  • Potential uses of classroom video recordings for pre-service teacher training and in-service professional development.
  • How video and digital technologies can foster novel collaborative research methods between teachers and researchers.

Despite Nordic welfare states and educational systems often being perceived as homogenous, there exist considerable differences in classroom practices and teacher-student interactions across these countries. The QUINT project aims to unravel these differences in light of changing educational dynamics, such as increased digitalization and diverse student populations.

Having received over NOK 25 million in funding from NordForsk's "Education for Tomorrow", QUINT operates as a Nordic Centre of Excellence. Furthermore, it collaborates closely with several other Nordic institutions for financing and research.

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