On Friday 30 January 2009, Ingrid Dash
defended her doctoral dissertation, titled ”Flexibility in knowing school mathematics in the contexts of a Swedish and an Indian school class”. The faculty opponent was Prof. Inger Wistedt, Dept. of Education, Stockholm University.
Ingrid was involved in a cross-cultural comparative study on teaching processes
in Sweden and India. Her focus for the study is mathematical thinking
and how students express this in different cultures. The project was supervised
by Professor Lennart Svensson.
The main objective for the thesis was to obtain insights into flexible modes of knowing in school mathematics in two school class contexts, and how these relate to modes of being a learner in these contexts, with specific focus on learners’ flexible ways of discerning parts and delimiting wholes, and how they understand part- and whole-relationships while doing mathematics. Empirical material was collected from one school class in Southern Sweden and another in the Indian state of Orissa. Full information about the thesis.
On the Indian side Dr Dhruv
Raina, from the Zakir Hussain Centre of Education
at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, was engaged in the project.
Dr Raina completed her doctoral thesis at Göteborg University (at
of History of Ideas and Theory of Science) in 1999. The thesis was
called: Nationalism, Institutional
Science and the Politics of Knowledge: Ancient Indian Astronomy and Mathematics
in the Landscape of French Enlightenment Historiography.
In January 2003 a Research Group for Multicultural Pedagogics
(Forskargruppen för mångkulturell pedagogik) was established
at the department. The network was open for researchers at all departments
at Lund University interested in (multidisciplinary) research with a pedagogical
and multicultural perspective. It started to arrange a seminar series
in the Fall 2003. In 2004 the network developed into becoming the
Lund University Intercultural Education
Research Forum. The first coordinator was Hans
Lorentz and then followed Dr. Bosse Bergstedt, both at the Dept. of Education. From November 2008, the coordination responsibility for the Forum has moved over the Malmö Academy of Music, a part of Lund University. More information.
Kumar Giri from the Madras Institute of Development
Studies, Chennai, India, (photo to the left) was a visiting scholar
at the department in the Fall 2003. Giri, whose main interest lies in
social criticism and cultural creativity; rethinking theories and methods;
and values and ethics, is now during the Fall 2004 a Visiting Associate
Professor at the Research Center on Development and International Relations,
Aalborg University, Denmark. More
information on Giri’s research.
Earlier research projects at the department
At the Department of education Professor Lennart
Svensson (photo) has led the research project Transnational
Culture Flows and National Cultural Processes, with focus on India.
The project started in 1988 and was funded by a grant from Sida/SAREC.
Its results were published as a book in 1998, called Meeting
Rivers (Lund Studies in Education, Volume 5, Lund University
Press). The other researchers involved in the project were Dr. Birgit
Rodhe, a former head-mistress, and Minister of Education
in Sweden; her husband PhD Sten Rodhe
(who defended his doctoral thesis on ”Deliver
us From Evil. Studies on the Vedic Ideas of Salvation”
at the Department of History of Religions at Lund University as early
as 1946); Professor GustaveCallewaert; Inger
Callewaert; Anita Diehl; Mariam
John Meynert; and Ingrid
W Flinck together with Dr. Rune
Flinck, led a project called Basic
teacher education by means of distance education in Sri Lanka.
The project started in 1982 and wanted to clear the backlog of untrained
teachers in the compulsory school system. 1998, when Sida's support for
the project ended, 60.000 teachers had followed the program and passed
national examination. The Department of education has sent a notice of
interest to the planned Start-IT project. The department's proposed contribution
to the project is to train a target group, in this case staff in Organizations
dealing with education in a number of developing countries, to use an
IT network in a practical way. The project is planned to be financed by
Sida and the KK foundation, but has been delayed.