Primary & Secondary Education

Roger André Federici is Head of Research. Research in the area includes studies of all levels of primary and secondary education and training, including general and vocational education in upper secondary school, adult education and vocational training. Our research also includes the kindergarten sector.

Attainment of educational goals are of great importance both for the individual and for the society as a whole. Succeeding in school is critical for the individual`s opportunities in life, as education promote the development of skills, competence, and knowledge. A competent and educated population contributes to the maintenance of the welfare state and democracy. NIFU therefore studies the educational system from within a broad education policy framework. Through our studies, we aim to provide important knowledge and research results that contributes to the further development of the 13-year basic education and the kindergarten sector.

Our projects focus on key issues related to achievement and attainment, dropout, vocational education, interactions between education and work, school resources, students’ learning outcomes, counseling, teacher qualifications, special education, integration and performance of minority students, teaching methods, use of assessments, implementations of school reforms, trials, and special initiatives. We communicate our research at national and international networks, conferences, and in various forms of publications. Our researchers has conducted comparative studies in various areas of basic education.

  • publications
  • projects
May 11 2017

National test results: representation and misrepresentation. Challenges for municipal and local school administration in Norway

Academic article

Journal article in Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy, published online April 24, 2017. Abstract: This paper addresses the publication of results from national tests in primary and lower secondary schools by Norwegian national authorities. Test results must be made ...

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Apr 18 2017

Effects of early, computerized brief interventions on risky alcohol use and risky cannabis use among young people

Academic literature review

Review article in Campbell Systematic Reviews, vol. 13(6), ...

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Dec 20 2016

Education pays off! On transition to work for 25 year olds in Norway with upper secondary education or lower as their highest educational level

Academic article

Abstract: In this article we examine the relationship between educational level and position in the labour market at age 25 for those who have completed upper secondary education or lower as their highest educational level. Whilst completion of upper secondary education is widely regarded as being ...

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Oct 12 2016

Does size matter? Educational attainment and cohort size

Academic article

Motivated by education expenditure studies consistently finding that education expenditures per student decrease in cohort size, I investigate the relationship between cohort size and the probability of graduating from upper secondary education. If resources are important for student performance, education expenditure ...

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Aug 9 2016

The effect of pen and paper or tablet computer on early writing – A pilot study

Academic article

One consequence of the ongoing controversy on the implementation of digital tools in early writing instruction is a need to investigate the effect of different writing instruction tools such as pen(cil) and paper and tablet computers on early writing. The purpose of this pilot study is to develop a study design and a ...

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Jul 11 2016

Knowledge brokering initiatives in education – a systematic map of the Nordic countries

Academic article

The international trend of evidence-based practice has led to the establishment of a new type of organisation, knowledge brokering initiatives, to strengthen the link between research-based knowledge and policy and practice. Policymakers in many countries, among them the Nordic countries, have increasingly paid ...

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Jan 8 2016

The Impact of Digital Devices vs. Pen(cil) and Paper on Primary School Students’ Writing Skills – a Research Review

Academic article

In the light of the continuing digital revolution in education and learning in general, and in literacy instruction in particular, the purpose of this review is to assess the emerging literature on such digital writing tools as computers and tablets compared with traditional writing tools like pen(cil) and paper, on ...

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Dec 2 2015

The Norwegian VET model – path formation and path dependencies

Academic chapter/article/Conference proceedings


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Dec 1 2016

Study on Education Quality and Student Learning


NIFU’s study on education quality and student learning for Norad aims to: -Identify key challenges for education quality                                                                                    -Identify types of ...

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