She states that a lot is happening in the teacher educations and the research at the university.
"I think it's incredibly exciting. There are so many opportunities where we stand now and it has only just begun. It's a great feeling to see that we have so much to build on. We are heading in the right direction, with the right things", says Maria Johansson, head of the Division of pedagogy, language and subject didactics, at the Department of health, learning and technology.
There are a several programmes in the field of teaching at Luleå University of Technology.
Two different supplementary educations
Luleå University of Technology offers two different supplementary educations for those who have academic studies in a subject as well as the Programme of Special Education and Master Programme in Educational Sciences. One supplementary education is carried out in collaboration with the foundation Teach for Sweden (TfS), where work in the school is combined with studies and is also a leadership program.
"We are the only ones in Sweden who have that education. And in the autumn, a completely new preschool teacher program will start. An incredible amount of things is happening on many fronts. The expansion that is taking place in the region means that we must also be on our toes", says Maria Johansson.
All programmes in the teaching area undergo regular development work, recently it was the turn of preschool teacher education.
"And now the Master programme in Secondary Education, teaching in the upper-secondary school
is being reviewed".
Collaboration with the schools
The research is largely based on collaboration with teachers in preschools, primary schools and upper secondary schools.
"Both research and schools have benefits from it", says Maria Johansson.
The Graduate school Practice-based Educational Research, PROFS, has a total of 20 doctoral students in different subjects. It is conducted in collaboration between Luleå University of Technology, Boden Municipality, Kiruna Municipality, Luleå Municipality, Skellefteå Municipality and Region Norrbotten.
"It is a large graduate school with 20 doctoral students".
The project educational dialogue in the north, UDiN, is run by researchers and research students at Luleå University of Technology, together with school principals in Norrbotten's Municipalities. UDiN holds seminars almost once a month where employees at schools can participate to listen to discussions and lectures.
Another project, ULF, development, learning, research, was a national pilot project carried out on behalf of the government between 2017 and 2021. The pilot project would develop and test sustainable collaboration models between academia and schools in terms of research, school activities and teacher education. That activity now continues with a transition period 2022-2024, to then be permanent, with government funding."We see that many of our collaborative projects are good. Our research topics have just been reviewed by the The Board of the Faculty. We are now facing investments and profiling of the research topics. And now we are recruiting two head of subject", says Maria Johansson.