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I have an extensive experience in teaching natural sciences at various levels of the schooling system. After graduating with a B.Sc. in biology and earth sciences, me and my wife Karin started the project "The mobile nature school" funded by the national school administration, the regional museum of natural history and the Southern-Sweden (Skåne) School Administration. The basic idea was to visit teachers and classes in their own natural environment, helping and inspiring them to combine practical and more theoretical nature-studies on their own surroundings. With a minibus full of field equipment suitable for exploring the near surroundings of the rural as well as urban schools, we worked together with teachers and students both in classes and outdoors. 

After five years and a large number of educational activities with pupils, as well as training for in-service teachers, I decided to study to become a high-school teacher in biology and general science. During my five years as an upper secondary teacher, me and Karin also worked as consultants dealing with various inventories of plant and other biodiversity projects. In 1998, I started to work as a lecturer at Kristianstad University and after another five years decided to start my PhD studies in science education at Linköping University; from which I graduated in 2007 with the thesis "Reading Nature – developing ecological understanding through teaching". This thesis was based on the results from in depth studies of students learning in the outdoor environment and their abilities to reason about ecological processes, as well as the transfer of general ecological ideas and processes across different ecosystems. 

 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

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