Full of Value: Improving School Learning through the Development of an Ethical Community

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This workshop is presents a school improvement process in an area in Northern Sweden. The shared goal for this school area is to develop and sustain an ethical learning community from pre-schools to secondary schools. In an ethical learning community it is important that children’s views and thoughts are listened to and taken seriously. Adults, especially the teachers, have a responsibility to encourage the children to be committed to managing their own learning. Adults bring forward fundamental democratic values, which are discussed with the children. In an ethical community there is an ambition that both children and adults will work and learn together with respect and empathy, in order to enable children to grow as humans.

Principals, teachers and children from the school area and also researchers from a local university are involved in this on-going process. Different perspectives on the process will be highlighted in the workshop: a principal’s view on the importance of bridging practice in schools together with research for improvement in school and a teacher’s view on reflection as a way for development, growth and change. Finally we will present the outcomes so far with children and teachers from this school area.


Keywords: School Improvement, Ethics, Learning, Reflection, Practice and Research
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Ulrika Bergmark

PhD. student, Department of Education, Lulea University of Technology
Lulea, Norrbotten, Sweden

Ulrika Bergmark is a Ph.D. student at Department of Educational Sciences, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. Her research interest lies within the field of ethical issues in schools. The focus of Bergmark’s research is to explore how teachers and students experience ethical situations in school, and how teachers and students are working together to enhance their learning. Through her research she is connected to a school area in Northern Sweden, where work is done to develop ethical pre-schools and schools.

Goran Dahlen

Principal, Hortlax school, Pitea municipality
Pitea, Norrbottem, Sweden


Iris Rosengren Larsson

Teacher, Hortlax school, Pitea municipality
Pitea, Norrbotten, Sweden


Prof. Eva Alerby

Associate Professor, Department of Education, Luleå University of Technology
Luleå, Norrbotten, Sweden

Eva Alerby is an associate professor in Education at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. Her main research interests focuses on teaching and learning, and more specifically on people’s experiences of different phenomenon within the educational sphere. Currently Alerby is working with a development and research project concerning psychosocial well-being among children and youth in the Arctic. In addition to this Alerby is interesting in research within the field of philosophy of education.

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