Nordic schools during COVID-19: lessons learned

17.02.22 | Event
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QUINT and NordForsk have invited Nordic speakers with a range of professional perspectives on education. They will discuss the challenges faced by the education sector the Nordic countries during the pandemic. What measures did each country take? What could have been done differently? What has each country learned, and what can we learn from each other? Policy makers, researchers and school leaders will share their thoughts.


03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Language: English

The event will be live-streamed. The link to the live stream will be available here closer to the event.

Preliminary Programme - Updated 28.01.22

Director of the QUINT Centre Kirsti Klette’s opening remarks.

Part I – Presentations by QUINT researchers about the impact that the pandemic has had on schools in the Nordic countries. From papers published in Education in the North special issue: Nordic values and schooling during COVID-19.

Ane Qvortrup – Professor in Education at University of Southern Denmark, Denmark "Long-term consequences of COVID-19 on students' well-being and values"

Hermína Gunnþórsdóttir – Professor at University of Akureyri, Iceland "Teachers in new situations during the COVID-19 period: impact on professional collaboration and quality of teaching."

Anna Slotte – University Lecturer at University of Helsinki & Marie Nilsberth – Associate Professor in Educational Work at Karlstad University, Sweden (joint presentation). "Classrooms going online: Nordic lower secondary teachers' readiness at the COVID-19 outbreak." 

Marte Blikstad-Balas – Professor at University of Oslo, Norway. "Individualised home-schooling - at odds with the equity ambitions in the Nordic model of education?"

Part II – Panel discussion with Nordic politicians and school leaders on the education measures taken in each country during the pandemic.

Guri Melby – MP, Minister of Education in Norway 2020-2021.

Gunilla Svantorp – MP, and speaker for the education committee in Sweden.

Steffen Handal – President of the Norwegian Teachers’ Union since 2016.

(TBC) Ragnar Þór Pétursson – Leader of the Icelandic Teachers’ Union since 2017.


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