Ann Elisabeth Gunnulfsen

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Other affiliations Faculty of Educational Sciences (Student)


Micro Policy Making in Schools
Use of National Test Results in a Norwegian Context

The project aims to explore how government policy is negotiated by principals and teacher leaders (deputies, grade level leaders) as legitimate source of direction in schools. It is exemplified by the focus on policy about reading and numeracy in a Norwegian context.  The main question for the project is:  How do school leaders interpret, translate and enact the main challenge of policy demands related to national test results in reading and/or numeracy? Analytically the study will make use of “policy enactment”, drawn from institutional theory. The project is considered to be a multi-case study, with a mixed method approach combining interviews, observation data from meetings, field notes on talk among school leaders and teachers and a survey among teachers.

Academic Interests

Teaching, learning, educational leadership, learning strategies. Member of the reseach group CLEG (Curriculum Studies, Leadership and Educational Governance, at the Faculty of Educational Science.


Ann Elisabeth Gunnulfsen is a Phd-Candidate. She teaches educational leadership in the master's degree program at the Department of Teacher Education and School Research (ILS), and coordinates the UTLED 4111 courses. She is also a supervisor for graduate students in the master's program.

Higher education and employment history

2014 - Phd -Candidate.

2010: Master of Philosophy (Educational Leadership), University of Oslo

Gunnulfsen has 20 years of experience as a teacher,  teaching councellor in five municipalities, supervisor and school leader (principal). Her teaching practice has mostly been in lower secondary schools in Modum municipality.

Visiting scholar

University of California Berkeley, Graduate School of Education 2015/2016.




    Tags: Educational leadership, school leadership, learning and education, micro policy, large scale testing, data use, curriculum studies, teaching and learning


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    • Hall, Jeffrey Brooks & Gunnulfsen, Ann Elisabeth (2015). En skoleleders dagbok: Profesjonell praksis og juridisk skjønn. Gyldendal Akademisk.  ISBN 9788205459489.  232 s.
    • Brevik, Lisbeth M. & Gunnulfsen, Ann Elisabeth (2012). Les mindre – forstå mer! Strategier for lesing av fagtekster 8.–13. trinn. Gyldendal Akademisk.  ISBN 9788205425170.  354 s.
    • Brevik, Lisbeth M. & Gunnulfsen, Ann Elisabeth (2012). Læs mindre – forstå mere! Strategier for læsning af fagtekster 1.-7. trinn.. Klim.  ISBN 9788771291827.  247 s.
    • Brevik, Lisbeth M. & Gunnulfsen, Ann Elisabeth (2011). Les mindre - Forstå mer! Strategier for lesing av fagtekster 1.-7. trinn. Gyldendal Akademisk.  ISBN 978-82-05-41536-2.

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    • Gunnulfsen, Ann Elisabeth (2017). How do teachers use national test results? Exploring testing policies, teacher practice and principals facilitating.
    • Gunnulfsen, Ann Elisabeth (2017). Kva skjer på skulane? Korleis bruker skulane resultata på nasjonale prøver i sitt arbeid med skuleutvikling og elevane si læring?.
    • Gunnulfsen, Ann Elisabeth (2017). Norwegian School Leaders’ and Teachers’ Use of National Test Results: Opportunities Lost?.
    • Gunnulfsen, Ann Elisabeth (2017). School Leaders’ and Teachers’ Work with National Test Results: Lost in Translation?.
    • Helstad, Kristin & Gunnulfsen, Ann Elisabeth (2017). Når UIU møter UIO: Språk og systemer i spill.
    • Gunnulfsen, Ann Elisabeth (2016). National Testing. gains or Strains? School Leaders' Responses to Policy Demands.
    • Gunnulfsen, Ann Elisabeth (2016). School Leaders’ and Teachers’ Enactment of Policy Demands: Responses to Requirements for the Use of National Test Results.
    • Gunnulfsen, Ann Elisabeth & Møller, Jorunn (2016). National Testing: Gains or Strains? School Leaders Responses to Policy Demands.
    • Brevik, Lisbeth M. & Gunnulfsen, Ann Elisabeth (2015). Conference paper: Gifted and talented pupils: How student teachers characterise them. Show summary
    • Gunnulfsen, Ann Elisabeth (2015). Educational Leadership Network March, 6, 2015 - Chapters from the book “Profesjonsutvikling i skolen”.
    • Gunnulfsen, Ann Elisabeth (2015). National Testing. School Leaders' Responses to Policy Demands.
    • Gunnulfsen, Ann Elisabeth (2015). School Leaders’ Enactment of Educational Policies.
    • Gunnulfsen, Ann Elisabeth (2015). School Leaders’ Enactment of Educational Policies.
    • Gunnulfsen, Ann Elisabeth (2014). Research Informed School Leadership.
    • Gunnulfsen, Ann Elisabeth (2014). School Leadership and the Enactment of Policy Demands.
    • Gunnulfsen, Ann Elisabeth (2013). Bridging The Gap between Evidence-based Knowledge and Leadership Practice in Schools.
    • Gunnulfsen, Ann Elisabeth (2013). “It’s about reaching out”.

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    Published Aug. 14, 2012 8:52 AM - Last modified Mar. 22, 2018 5:22 PM