Ann QuennerstedtTitle: Professor School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
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About Ann Quennerstedt
Last updated 2020-06-16
Ann Quennerstedt is a Professor of Education at Örebro University in Sweden. She worked as a primary school teacher in Swedish compulsory school between 1993 and 1998. In 1999 she started her doctoral studies in Education, and finished her dissertation (PhD) in 2006 with a thesis titled ‘The municipality – a participant in educational policy?’
In 2007 Ann was appointed Senior Lecturer in Education at Örebro University, and shared her time between teaching and researching. In 2009, and continuing until 2013, Ann took up a full time position as Researcher in Education at the university. In 2010 she was appointed Associate Professor, and in 2015 Professor.
Ann’s main area of research is children’s rights in education. Her present work centres children’s rights both generally and more specifically concerning meanings of the human right to education. Issues of particular interest are perspectives of the child as a holder of human rights, and the role and responsibility of early childhood education and school for children’s and young people’s human rights. Drawing on own and others work, research interest has lately been more intensely directed towards the educative role of education in relation to rights and Human Rights Education. An earlier established research interest in education policy and curriculum theory with a specific focus on issues of governing the education system and of promoting democracy through education (and of the relation between them) connect well to issues of children’s rights. Theoretically, Ann uses an approach that combines rights theory, sociology of childhood and the philosophy of education developed by John Dewey.
In 2020, Ann starts together with Lisa Isenström the project Effects of the Rights-based school program. The project is financed by Unicef Sweden. During 3 years Ann and Lisa will study and evaluate how schools are affected by introducing Unicef’s school program Rights-based school, and what effects that can be seen in teachers’ and students’ understandings and attitudes. A particular interest is directed to children’s and young people’s influence and participation.
Ann has participated in and lead four larger research projects:
What about equivalence? 2003-2005.
In the project, the use and role of the concept equivalence (Swedish: likvärdighet) in Swedish education policy was analysed from different perspectives and angles. The project is reported in a number of publications, including Ann’s thesis The municipality – a participant in education policy? The project was funded by the Swedish Research Council and led by Prof. Tomas Englund at Örebro University.
Education as a citizenship right – parents’ right, children’s right, or...? 2006-2008
The project aimed to analyse the increasing tendency to discuss education in terms of rights, and to study the issue of possible tensions between parents’ and children’s rights concerning education. The results are reported in international journals and in a summary project report 2011 (in Swedish). The project was funded by the Swedish Research Council and led by Prof. Tomas Englund at Örebro University.
Children’s rights in education
Through a four-year full-time research position financed by the Swedish Research Council, Ann undertook 2009-2014 the post-doc project Children’s rights in education. The overall aim of the project was to expand knowledge about what the rights of the child mean in education. The project raised questions about the human right to education, as well as questions concerning the rights of the child in and through education. By analysing how our society perceives the “preschool child” and the “pupil” as holders of rights, and what perceptions there are concerning how early childhood centres and schools should act and organise their activities from a perspective of children’s rights, the project has contributed to the body of knowledge on children’s rights in education.
Education as a greenhouse for children’s and young people’s rights
During 2014-2028 Ann led the research project Education as a greenhouse for children’s and young people’s rights. The project was funded by the Swedish Research Council with 6,6 million SEK. With a team of 6 researchers, the project investigated what it means to educate children and young people in relation to human rights. The research interest was in content and pedagogy, directing the attention to how the content and processes of teaching and learning give possibilities or constrain children’s and young people’s growth as holders and practitioners of human rights. The research was conducted through fieldwork in educational practice from pre-school to secondary school.
Ann leads together with Associate Professor Anne Lillvist the research group ReCEL (Research on Children’s Education and Learning). Most members of the group are active in the Department of Education at Örebro University. Researchers and doctoral students in ReCEL centre around an interest in teaching and learning for younger children, and dedicate their research to formal and information pedagogical practice for children in the age span 0-12 years.
Visiting Research Fellow at Children’s Issues Centre, College of Education, University of Otago, New Zealand: 01 October 2008 – 28 April 2009.
Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Education, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Australia: 01 November 2011 – 7 December 2011.
Invited research visit at the University of Brighton, United Kingdom, 28 April – 2 May 2014.
Visiting researcher, Queensland university of Technology, Nov-Dec 2018.
Supervision of doctoral students
Hanna Thuresson, since 2017 (main supervisor)
Jeanette Koskinen, since 2020 (main supervisor)
Helena Yourston, since 2020 (main supervisor)
Linnéa Waldekranz, since 2020 (co-supervisor)
2008-2009 The Swedish Research Council. Postdoctoral grant for guest researcher visit to New Zealand, 27 000 €
2009-2013 The Swedish Research Council: The Rights of the Child in Education. Four year research grant, 384 000 €
2011 STINT (The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education). Initiation Grant (for guest research visit ACU) 8 150 €
2014-2017 The Swedish Research Council: Education as a greenhouse for children’s and young people’s human rights. Three year research project, in total 746 000 €
2020-2023 Unicef Sweden: Effects of the school program Rights-based school. Three year research and evaluation project, in total 80 000 €.
2011 Örebro University: Vice Chancellor’s Promising Researcher Grant, 2012-2014 135 000€
2011 Örebro University: Vice Chancellor’s Supervisor Grant for the financing of doctoral student, 2012-2015, (appr.) 200 000€
2013 Örebro University: Faculty’s grant for publications 1840 €
2014 Örebro University: Faculty’s grant for publications 3000 €
2015 Örebro University: Faculty's grant for publications 1600 €
2016 Örebro University: Faculty's grant for publications 3 600 €
2017 Örebro University: Faculty's grant for publications 2200€
2018 Örebro University: Faculty's grant for publications 1400 €
2019 Örebro University: Faculty's grant for publications 2400 €
2006-2008 Responsible for term 1 Teacher Education Program, Örebro University, 400 students.
2009 - Member of research faculty (forskningskollegium) of Education at Örebro University.
2010-2011 Member of working group for the development of teacher education programs at university.
2013-2014 Head of Research, Eduaction, Örebro university.
2014-2016 Member of the University Board.
2015-2017 Chairman for the University's Board for Equal Treatment
2019-2021 Member of the Faculty’s Committee for Research and Doctoral Education
2019-2021 Member of the University’s planning and project group for research evaluation ORU2020
2020-2022 Head of Research, Education.
2011 Invited speaker at ACU Early Childhood Research Symposium (Dec 6 2011), Australian Catholic University, Melbourne Campus.
2015 Keynote speaker at the conference CREAN (Children’s Rights Erasmus Academic Network) Children’s rights and the aims of education. Université de Genève, 2 juli 2015.
2016 Invited speaker at the conference Children's Rights: origins, normativity, transformations and prospects. Linköpings universitet/Vadstena 6-9 juni 2016.
2006 Scientific coordinator for NERA (Nordic Educational Research Association) annual congress in Örebro, March 2006 (700 delegates).
2007 Coordinator for the conference ‘Curriculum theory’ (Läroplansteori) at Örebro University (40 delegates).
2013-2017 Co-convenor for the European research conference network Research in Children's Rights in Education. EERA/ECER
2017- Link-convenor for the European research conference network Research in Children's Rights in Education. EERA/ECER
2006 – 2012 Member of Editorial Board for the journal Utbildning & Demokrati. Tidskrift för didaktik och utbildningspolitik [Education & Democracy].
2011 – 2019 Member of Editorial Advisory Board for International Journal of Children’s Rights.
2019 - Associate Editor for International Journal of Children’s Rights.