O6: Interactive web portal
University of Gothenburg (UGOT) is a large higher education institutions in Sweden. One of many profile areas is knowledge formation and learning, where teacher education plays an important part. The university offers the broadest range of teacher education in Sweden in terms of available programmes and subjects.
UGOT hosts the Swedish National Centre for Mathematics Education (NCM). The centre is commissioned and financed by the Swedish government with the mission to coordinate, support, develop, carry out and follow up initiatives promoting Swedish mathematics education in pre-school, school and adult education. NCM is also specifically expected to stimulate and disseminate research in mathematics education in Sweden.
NCM produces well-founded materials for professional development (PD) and resources for teaching which are made accessible through a teacher journal, books produced at the centre, and a popular website for teachers. The centre offers a rich collection of PD activities meeting teachers directly with workshops, conferences, and other shorter or longer programs, but also engaging in programs for facilitators who can lead PD activities at the local level.
NCM’s network is wide and includes many teachers, municipalities, organizations, and authorities. Currently, NCM is for example developing PD dealing with ICT and mathematics education, special education in mathematics, and mathematics education for newly arrived immigrants.
I’m the webmaster for the STEM PD project and a project member.
I have a science teacher degree and a masters degree in ICT and Learning, both from University of Gothenburg. I’ve been working for NCM since it was founded on Jan 1, 1999. Before that I was head of the IT unit at the faculty of Education, University of Gothenburg for four years. Long time ago I taught technology for two years in secondary school and science for seven years in upper secondary school 🙂