To more optimally stimulate pupils who easily achieve goal attainment in school, we need more extensive knowledge about gifted student education. The doctoral programme on gifted education will, on behalf of the Swedish Research Council, develop knowledge on gifted education with regards to pupils in Swedish pre-school, primary school and secondary school, a field that is relevant to teacher education as well as to research in educational sciences. Nine doctoral students will study and build capacity for these needs in the Swedish education system.
The aim of the doctoral programme is to build capacity in Sweden in terms of research on inclusive teaching of gifted pupils. It will be active for five years as a continuation of a Nordic research collaboration and will include a wider circle of leading international expertise. Nine new doctoral students will receive supervision, education, and subject specialisation with three new doctoral-level courses - theories on gifted pupils and learning, inclusive teaching and differentiation for gifted preschool and school pupils, and mental health in gifted pupils.
The doctoral students will also spend 20% of their time teaching at the teacher education programmes at their respective universities. Otherwise, the doctoral students will follow the programme syllabus for the doctoral programmes at their respective universities and write doctoral theses in the following subjects: two in Didactics (Mälardalen University), two in Special Needs Education (Stockholm University, Department of Special Education) and five in Pedagogical Work (Karlstad University), including two focusing on mental health in pupils.
The doctoral programme serves as a shared platform for the doctoral students and gives them access to a new collaborational environment - a prerequisite in the development of high-quality research relevant to teacher education and schools.The affiliation with and participation in international and national research conferences and networks will also provide an opportunity to develop a field that needs more in-depth studies in Sweden.