Studies of Instruction across Subjects and Competences (SISCO)

How do knowledge cultures and instructional practices across subjects and settings promote student learning? What impact can different models of instruction have on student learning? These are two central, overarching questions for the research group SISCO.

Who are the researchers?

SISCO is a cross-disciplinary research group which brings together scholars within the fields of general education and subject matter education. The group has a special emphasis on language learning, mathematics, and natural science.

Thematic focus

The thematic focus of the research group SISCO is the study of how knowledge cultures and instructional practices across subjects and settings promote students’ learning. Despite a long tradition of educational studies still little is known about how differences in teachers' activities are related to the students' learning. Furthermore, few studies of teaching have examined the extent to which differences in teaching methods are related to variation in the teachers’ subject matter knowledge. Exploring how different instructional regimes are conducive to improving student achievement requires multilevel methods in order to validate causal inferences in complex data sets.

Research design

In order to bridge the teaching-learning gap in education, SISCO focuses on methodological and analytical frameworks, designs and instruments. Moreover, the members draw on a number of qualitative and qualitative methods, and many have a special focus on classroom observation, video studies, as well as text studies.

Research collaboration

The members of SISCO collaborate with University of Berkeley, University of Birmingham, University of Helsinki, École normale supérieure de Lyon, University of Melbourne, University of Oxford, Université de Sorbonne Nouvelle and University of Stanford. 

Externally financed research projects

Coherence and Assignment Study in Teacher Education (CATE) (leader)

eVir - Einfrastructure for Video Research (leader)

Linking Instruction and Student Achievement (LISA) (leader)

Representation and Participation in School Science (REDE) (leader)

Justice through Education in the Nordic Countries (JUSTED)

Local Cultures for Understanding Mathematics and Science (LOCUMS)

Renewing the Nordic Model (REN)

Other research projects

Linking Instruction and Student Experiences (LISE)

Multilingual young people as writers in and outside of school

Vocational and General students’ Use of English in and out of school (VOGUE)

Published Feb. 14, 2011 8:55 AM - Last modified Sep. 30, 2017 12:37 PM