Nora Elise Hesby Mathé

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Phone +47 22844463
Visiting address Moltke Moes vei 35 Niels Henrik Abels hus 0851 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1099 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Academic interests

Social science education, politics and democracy, knowledge forms in social science education, classroom research, mixed methods research.


Nora Elise Hesby Mathé is affiliated with the Nordic Centre of Excellence: Quality in Nordic Teaching (QUINT). She is co-PI of Quality in Social Science Teaching (QUISST) and currently works on a project titled 'Examining how students and teachers engage with knowledge domains in social studies'. This work is part of QUINT's LISA Nordic Study Linking Instruction and Student Achievement in Nordic Schools (LISA Nordic), a large-scale video study, investigating the quality of teaching in Nordic classrooms. 

PhD project (2014 - 2019)

Students’ Perceptions of Democracy, Politics and Citizenship Preparation in Upper Secondary Social Studies (concluded in 2019)

The main purpose of the study is to investigate how 16 – 17-year-old students enrolled in the obligatory subject ‘social studies’ perceive and relate to the concepts of ‘democracy’ and ‘politics’. In addition, the study aims at investigating the students’ perspectives on the school subject social studies and which factors that are related to students’ perceptions of citizenship preparation in the subject. Democratic and political theory as well as literature on citizenship education frame the study. The project utilises multiple methods: group interviews, individual interviews and a quantitative survey.

Supervisor: Eyvind Elstad

Co-supervisor: Lisbeth M Brevik

Courses taught

  • Social science didactics (subject pedagogy) for BA courses PPU/PROF
  • SDID 4001, 4002, 4009 - MA in Social science didactics


Supervision of MA students in social science didactics

Co-supervisor of PhD candidates Eivind Larsen (2020 - ) and Jonas Henau Teglbjærg (2021 - ).


Postdoctoral research fellow in the Nordic Centre of Excellence: Quality in Nordic Teaching (QUINT), the Department of teacher education and school research, University of Oslo.

PhD in social science didactics (2019) from the Department of teacher education and school research, University of Oslo.

Social science and English language arts teacher in upper secondary school (2010 - 2014).

MA degree in social science didactics (2010).



Section editor for social science education, Acta Didactica Norden

Member of the editorial board, Nordisk tidsskrift for ungdomsforskning (Nordic Journal for Youth Research)

Research collaboration with the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Education, University of Stockholm

Research collaboration with the Berkeley Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley

The Research Group TEPEC (Teachers’ Professional Development and Educational Change)

NATED - National Graduate School in Educational Research

Published Aug. 4, 2014 10:38 AM - Last modified Mar. 5, 2021 10:48 AM