Berit Helen Johnsen


Academic interests

  • History of pedagogics aPedagogisk og spesialpedagogisk ideéhistorie
  • Didactics, curriculum theory and practice
  • Inclusive education and practices of inclusive education
  • International cooperation within education and research
  • Psycho-social work 
  • ICDP (International Child Development Program)


Master of Philosophy in Special Needs Education

Master i spesialpedagogikk

Bachelor i spesialpedagogikk

Education and Employment History


  • 2010 Certified ICDP supervisor and trainer 
  • 1999 Doctor of sciences in special needs education, State Teacher Education College
  • 1987 2st division, Special Needs Education, State Teacher Education College
  • 1987 Approved teacher competence, Iceland
  • 1985 Pedagogics, Universitetet i Oslo


  • Academic coordinator of Master of Philosophy in Special Needs Education (2003-2006)
  • Research in the classrom with an emphasis on inclusive education (2006 – present).
  • Management of the following projects in higher education and research:

WB 04/06 Development towards the Inclusive School: Practices – Research
– Capacity Building. Universities of Belgrade, Ljubljana, Sarajevo,
Skopje, Tuzla, Zagreb & Oslo,

NUFU 35/2002. Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Competence Building
in Special Needs Education towards Inclusion” - Ethiopia – Uganda –

SØE04/02: Institutional Competence Building and Cooperation with Two
Bosnian Universities: “Special Needs Education towards Inclusion”

  • Development of felxible part-time studies for pre-school and primary school teachers, and special needs education on the college level, Iceland
  • Academic leadership and teaching for special needs education teachers, Iceland
  • Advisor in special needs education, Iceland 1979-1993

Memberships and Representations

  • Board member, ICDP Norway


  • Member of the research group HumStud at the Faculty of Educational Sciences
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