Leadership in Educational Systems

This research group focuses on professional change, development and collective learning among educational managers, and professionals in the educational system.

We are interested in broad themes as:  

  • National and international educational discourses  
  • Tensions and cooperation between levels in the educational system  
  • Quality, development, and assessment in educational practice 
  • Leadership and learning in the system  
  • Development and learning in professional communities 
  • Knowledge creation in complex systems 

We are more occupied with leadership in education in a broad sense, rather than educational management. Policy, contexts, systems, and tasks are in focus.  

Research- and developement interests

Three of our members are active in Work Package 9, The competent kindergarten – systemic knowledge creation and dissemination in the KINDNOW-project, two members are participating in the ACTNOW-study with a focus on the relationship between higher education, practice development, and research as change initiative. We are engaged in the National head master programme, the national kindergarten manager programme and have published several texts on leadership issues related to these educational initiatives.   

Recent publications

Anne Grethe Sønsthagen (2020) Early childcare as arenas of inclusion: the contribution of staff to recognising parents with refugee backgrounds as significant stakeholders, European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 28:3, 304-318, DOI: 10.1080/1350293X.2020.1755486 

Dadaczynski, K., Jensen, B.B., Viig, N.G., Sormunen, M., von Seelen, J., Kuchma, V. and Vilaça, T. (2020), "Health, well-being and education: Building a sustainable future. The Moscow statement on Health Promoting Schools", Health Education, Vol. 120 No. 1, pp. 11-19. https://doi.org/10.1108/HE-12-2019-0058 

Åvitsland, A., Ohna, S.E., Dyrstad, S.M., Tjomsland, H.E., Lerum, Ø. and Leibinger, E. (2020), "The process evaluation of a school-based physical activity intervention: influencing factors and potential consequences of implementation", Health Education, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/HE-01-2020-0004 

List of publications

Head of research group

bilde av Øyvind Glosvik

Øyvind Glosvik


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This research group is part of the research program Practice, Professionalism and Policy in Educational Research (PUF)