– ULF is a national experimental activity carried out on behalf of the government for five years until 2021. The idea is that we will develop and test sustainable collaboration models between academia and school activities in research, development and teacher education, says Caroline Graeske, assistant professor at Luleå technical university.
Gap between theory and practice
Today, many people feel that there is a gap between theory and practice, which means that educational research cannot always be applied in the school's activities. But the school should rest on a scientific basis and proven experience and therefore there is a great need to develop sustainable collaboration models between school and academia.
– We have signed a so-called ULF agreement with Umeå University, which is one of the four nodes that holds and organizes the experimental activities. In this agreement, we undertake, among other things, to develop precisely sustainable long-term structures for collaboration, but also to work on developing degree projects in collaboration, research circles and seminars, as well as various types of research and development projects in "symmetrical and complementary" ULF spirit. that school and academy research together, says Caroline Graeske and continues.
– It is important that researchers do research with the school activities, not on it. It is also important that the needs and challenges of school operations form the basis of the projects.
During the autumn, a number of workshops were held at Luleå University of Technology where participants discussed what needs to be done to strengthen collaboration for future learning and how this should be done.
– There are already many good ideas and these should now be taken over and anchored by the principal and school principals. The next step is to sign local agreements with principals. We are also working to create a collaboration council that includes representatives of school principals and academia, says Caroline Graeske.