Educational research comprises a number of aspects.

Working together is one aspect of research in education
Priscilla Du Preez

Researchers in education (the academic discipline of pedagogy) study educational processes and how such processes impact and are impacted by individuals, organisations and society. Educational research at LiU comprises a number of aspects, from the individual level to groups, organisations and society.

Education is a broad field with a high “usefulness factor” for many different areas. It gives us knowledge about how we learn and develop, and how we are formed as individuals. It also informs us about interpersonal relationships and how we interact and communicate with each other.

At LiU, researchers in education have a number of different specialities. Many focus on learning and communication in the school environment. For instance they might study bullying, the importance of play in learning, interaction with pupils or how group projects work. Or they could examine the missions of teachers and head teachers.

Other researchers focus on life-long learning, that is, how learning continues through life, for instance in adult education, popular education and vocational training. LiU has one of the world’s biggest research environments in adult education and learning research.

Another facet of the educational research at LiU focuses work and working life, such as issues related to working conditions, learning, competence and skills development, innovation, leadership, gender equality and health. The labour market and labour market policies are also focused.

Medical education is yet another field at LiU. It investigates learning in medical education and in the healthcare sector.