Syndicate content

School and education

Norwegian students prefer English-speaking countries

Great Britain and the US are on top of the list for most Norwegians who want to study abroad. While expert urges them go places where they can learn German or French.

Less time for meal breaks

Fewer and fewer pupils in Norwegian schools are given the 20-minute meal break recommended by the government.

More years of education mean a better memory in old age

Public education reforms implemented decades ago are providing new insights. Each additional year of schooling can give mental benefits towards the end of life.

More specialisation may reduce dropout rates

More vocational students will complete high school if they get to work with subjects that interest them.

Swedish pupils fend for themselves

The joy of learning and kids’ inner motivation are not being given enough emphasis in Swedish compulsory elementary and secondary schools, according to a recent study.

Swedish teens now toe the line

The behaviour of Swedish 15-year-olds has improved since the mid-1990s – they're less likely now to skip school, steal or drink than they were in the past.

Neurotic and anxious students do better in school

Students who are motivated by a fear of failure need help – even when their grades are excellent. This kind of motivation will lead to stress and poorer mental health.

Computer games can improve teaching in schools

Computer games add challenges and a competitive element to school teaching and that can improve the learning experience for the pupils, provided that the teachers join in the fun.

Technological illiteracy can hurt patients and schoolchildren

New technology can cause more harm than good in schools and hospitals if teachers and nurses don’t fully know how to use it.

Big differences in Finnish and Norwegian teacher education

Finnish schools are frequently ranked as the best in the world, well ahead of their Nordic neighbors, despite cultural similarities. But Finland's secret and Norway's scourge may lie in each country's educational policy making.